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"Il mio toscano eroe": Vespucci as Epic Hero in Girolamo Bartolomei Smeducci's America (1650)

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This presentation focuses on Girolamo Bartolomei Smeducci’s America (1650), dedicated to the King of France, as a response to the debates around Italian epic poems recounting the encounter with the Americas. Bartolomei’s solution to the problem of Columbus as epic protagonist is to propose Vespucci as the true hero of American exploration. For the Florentine Bartolomei, Vespucci is less a cosmopolitan figure than a Florentine hero representing the values of the Catholic Reformation. Bartolomei proclaims in a lengthy preface that L’America ressembles the Odyssey, not the Iliad, and that Vespucci is the protagonist of an allegory of Catholic spiritual searching, not of a military endeavor. In America one finds unresolved tensions in Italian epic poems about the Americas, tensions centered on the Spanish colonization of Italy, cosmopolitan Italian versus regional identities, and the inevitably political aspects of this kind of aesthetic undertaking.

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epic poetry, empire, ideology, Italian literature, transatlantic studies, Christopher Columbus
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Hester, Nathalie. ""Il mio toscano eroe": Vespucci as Epic Hero in Girolamo Bartolomei Smeducci's America (1650)" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, Grand Hyatt, Washington, DC,, <Not Available>. 2014-11-24 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p525763_index.html>

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Hester, N. C. ""Il mio toscano eroe": Vespucci as Epic Hero in Girolamo Bartolomei Smeducci's America (1650)" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, Grand Hyatt, Washington, DC, <Not Available>. 2014-11-24 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p525763_index.html

Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: This presentation focuses on Girolamo Bartolomei Smeducci’s America (1650), dedicated to the King of France, as a response to the debates around Italian epic poems recounting the encounter with the Americas. Bartolomei’s solution to the problem of Columbus as epic protagonist is to propose Vespucci as the true hero of American exploration. For the Florentine Bartolomei, Vespucci is less a cosmopolitan figure than a Florentine hero representing the values of the Catholic Reformation. Bartolomei proclaims in a lengthy preface that L’America ressembles the Odyssey, not the Iliad, and that Vespucci is the protagonist of an allegory of Catholic spiritual searching, not of a military endeavor. In America one finds unresolved tensions in Italian epic poems about the Americas, tensions centered on the Spanish colonization of Italy, cosmopolitan Italian versus regional identities, and the inevitably political aspects of this kind of aesthetic undertaking.


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