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The Adventure$
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Giorgio Agamben

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262037594

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262037594.001.0001

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(p.43) 3 Eros
(p.iii) The Adventure

Giorgio Agamben

, Lorenzo Chiesa
The MIT Press

This chapter seeks to define the experience of Eros. It first dismisses the modern conceptions of adventure, which run the risk of obstructing our access to the original meaning of the term. The end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the modern age in fact coincide with an obscuration and devaluation of adventure. The chapter argues that such a line of thinking is a misunderstanding of the medieval intention: not only does adventure never remain external to the knight who is living it, but, even with respect to the poet, it turns out to be so far from contingent that it instead penetrates his heart and is identified with the very text he is writing.

Keywords:   Eros, Middle Ages, poetry, medieval poetry, love

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