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Portrait of Beatrice


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Fabio Camilletti is reader at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Warwick. He is the author of a number of books, including Leopardi's Nymphs: Grace, Melancholy, and the Uncanny.


"This monograph is interdisciplinary in character, being primarily a study of the imaginary image of Beatrice and other muse/soul figures in the nineteenth-century poet-painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the impossibility of such representation. This subtle, rich, and impressive study makes a substantial and original contribution to Rossetti studies." -- Alison Milbank, University of Nottingham
"Elegantly written, carefully researched, and beautifully erudite, The Portrait of Beatrice offers an original and compelling interpretation of Dante's Vita Nova and Dante Gabriel Rossetti's post-enlightenment reappropriations through the concept of metamorphosis. Combining a profound knowledge of Dante's and Rossetti's oeuvre with psychoanalysis and a critical line of thought that from Warburg arrives at Agamben and Didi-Huberman, Camilletti challenges the distinction between original and copy and between image and writing and not only offers unexpected and thought-provoking analyses but also helps the readers to reconsider their methodological assumptions and to embrace an intellectual journey into uncharted territories that is both unsettling and tremendously rewarding." -- Manuele Gragnolati, Sorbonne Universite and ICI Berlin
"Fabio Camilletti takes a wholly original approach to understanding these works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. He relies on literary theory, philosophy, and psychoanalytic theory, but also touches on art historical scholarship. His approach to understanding Rossetti, who was both a poet and an artist, is unique and makes for fascinating reading." -- Aida Audeh, Hamline University

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