Masterpieces of Italian Literature at Penn (MIL@P)

Masterpieces of Italian Literature at Penn (MIL @P)

“Masterpieces of Italian Literature at Penn” aims to develop a thriving community of graduate students of all schools and specializations that will consider some of the texts of Italian literature that played a pivotal role in global history. Although the group will focus on Italian texts, we intend to involve as many Penn students as possible, and therefore our conversations about primary and secondary readings will be in English and the texts might be read either in Italian or in English. Moreover, this reading group plans to use the many resources available in Van Pelt library and its vast collections of Italian manuscripts and prints. While reading some of the most influential works in Italian history, the group will circulate knowledge about Italian culture in the United States, with the help and collaboration of scholars from the University of Pennsylvania and external guests.

This group is led by the graduate students of the Department of Italian and intends to meet regularly during the year.




Machiavelli's Prince

In the academic year 2018–2019, MIL @P inaugurates its activity by proposing the reading of one of the most pioneering and influential works of history, Niccolò Machiavelli’s Prince (1513). In offering an unprecedented portrait of power, in which the more cunning and degenerate aspects of rulership are also taken into account, Machiavelli’s brief treatise stands out as a true foundational text of modern political thought. By departing from the previous tradition of political writings, Machiavelli describes politics as they actually are, rather than as they should be, thus paving the way to the modern notion of Realpolitik.

Join us in the discovery of this fascinating and authoritative text of the modern era! MIL@P is a graduate student-run organization that welcomes all graduate students from any department and background. We particularly encourage those from history, political science, cultural studies, economics, romance languages, philosophy, and law, but all are welcome. We will meet every other Wednesday from 6 pm to 7 pm in Van Pelt 625. We will also take advantage of the fantastic resources of the Kislak Center and look at some original old books and manuscripts related to the history and reception of Machiavelli’s Prince.


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