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La Piccioletta Barca - Issue 16

Review of the letters of Adolph Törneros

Adolph Törneros was one of the most prominent members of the new school of romanticism which developed at the university in Uppsala in the early 1800s. During his lifetime he published very little, his oeuvre amounting to nothing more than some texts on Cicero and ancient Rome. What makes him a remembered and still cherished part of the Swedish literary panthéon are his letters.

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Dante’s Barca, Medieval, and Renaissance Italy

Dante writes in Paradiso about a ship, sailing out onto the sea alone. This image can act as a mirror, through which one can observe the world he lived in and the time which followed; the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Italy in the 1200s and onwards was a lonely ship treading dangerous waters.

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Staffan Scheutz

Staffan Scheutz

I grew up in Sweden and read philosophy. My interests include history, especially European history from the Middle Ages to Early Modern times, and Swedish literature. I often find myself greatly moved by the lyrical poems of Gustaf Fröding. Like most students, I also dabble in some politics – though I fear I can be horribly indecisive at times. I, finally, really like to study questions of etiquette and manners.

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