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An Introduction to Belluzzi or The Happy City by Lodovico Zuccolo

  • Antonio Donato
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Utopianism book series (PASU)

Abstract

Belluzzi is an idealized description of the Republic of San Marino. Although this dialogue can be classified as a utopia, its peculiarity lies in the fact that it also extensively employs literary features that belong to other genres: city panegyric and classical analyses of the ideal state. Zuccolo’s synthesis of these genres permits him to explore the literary and conceptual potentialities of the utopian genre in original ways unknown to his contemporaries. Belluzzi also stands out among other Renaissance utopias owing to its unusual content. It describes a city that is ideal not because it enjoys many of the amenities of life and lacks the problem societies typically face, but since it possesses a feature that Zuccolo considers to be the greatest political value: freedom.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Donato
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  1. 1.Queens CollegeCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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