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The Moral Education of the Poets

Originally Posted on admin, July 16, 2008

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Santa Fe Graduate Institute Summer Lecture Series, 7/16: “The Moral Education of the Poets: Literary Techniques, Character and the Foolish Loves of Amadis and Orlando”

 

WHAT: St. John’s College Graduate Institute Summer Lecture Series

The Graduate Institute Summer Lectures are given by St. John’s tutors, last about an hour, are followed by discussion, and are free and open to the public.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 16, at 3 p.m.

WHO:   Arcelia Rodriguez: “The Moral Education of the Poets: Literary Techniques, Character and the Foolish Loves of Amadis and Orlando”

WHERE:  Junior Common Room, Peterson Student Center, St. John’s College, 1160 Camino Cruz Blanca, Santa Fe NM

CONTACT: 984-6000 (St. John’s College Switchboard)

The lecture will present an outline of the parts necessary to explain and further study a literature of “reading between the lines,” including thoughts on: the character of the student of political philosophy; in what way a careful writer of normal intelligence is more intelligent than the most intelligent censor; and how the study of a common object of medieval philosophy and literature can lead us to differences between poetic and philosophic allegories that could be used by a careful writer in successfully passing off a poetic for a philosophic work (and vice-versa). These thoughts were inspired by readings of the histories of two of Don Quixote’s greatest heroes, Amadis de Gaula, as presented by Garci Rodriguez de Montalvo, and Charlemagne’s nephew, Orlando, as he is known in Italian and presented by Boiardo and Ariosto.