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The Poetics of Ruins in Renaissance Literature$
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Andrew Hui

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823273355

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823273355.001.0001

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The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili and the Erotics of Fragments

The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili and the Erotics of Fragments

(p.131) Chapter 4 The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili and the Erotics of Fragments
The Poetics of Ruins in Renaissance Literature

Andrew Hui

Fordham University Press

The erotics of ruins is the focus of this chapter. It examines the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, an important text in Renaissance humanism not only because of its prominent treatment of ruins but also because it is one of the more poignant essays on how rekindling a relationship to the classical past is an enterprise fraught with a Petrarchan frustration. Traditionally translated as The Strife of Love in a Dream, the text recounts the phantasmagorical journey of Poliphilo as he searches for his Polia amidst a made-up world of Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Etruscan antiquities.

Keywords:   fragmentation of language, Freud and archaeology, erotics of fragments, Hypnerotomachia Poliphili

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