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Manuele Gragnolati
Francesca Southerden

Openness and Intensity

Petrarch’s Becoming Laurel in Rerum vulgarium fragmenta 23 and 228
Our paper offers a comparative reading of Rvf 23 and 228, which describe the poetic subject’s transformation into (23), or implantation with (228), the laurel tree that normally represents the poet’s beloved, Laura. Bringing Petrarch’s poems into dialogue with philosophical works that consider the nature of plant existence as a form of interconnectedness and porosity to the outside, we argue that the becoming tree these poems stage is a form of desire to be understood not as lack but as intensity.
Title
Openness and Intensity
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Petrarch’s Becoming Laurel in Rerum vulgarium fragmenta 23 and 228
Author(s)
Manuele Gragnolati
Francesca Southerden
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Our paper offers a comparative reading of Rvf 23 and 228, which describe the poetic subject’s transformation into (23), or implantation with (228), the laurel tree that normally represents the poet’s beloved, Laura. Bringing Petrarch’s poems into dialogue with philosophical works that consider the nature of plant existence as a form of interconnectedness and porosity to the outside, we argue that the becoming tree these poems stage is a form of desire to be understood not as lack but as intensity.
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Place
Berlin
Publisher
ICI Berlin Press
Date
April 19, 2022
Subject
Petrarch
desire
intensity
plants
metamorphosis
hybridity
pleasure
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en-GB
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Openness and Intensity
page start
209
page end
224
Source
Openness in Medieval Europe, ed. by Manuele Gragnolati and Almut Suerbaum, Cultural Inquiry, 23 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2022), pp. 209–24