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An Introduction to Wise and Crazy World by Anton Francesco Doni

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

Abstract

Doni’s Wise and Crazy World (WCW) presents a seemingly irreconcilable tension. On one hand, it offers a vivid description of a utopian city where people live a happy and carefree existence. However, WCW is also a very ambiguous text which seems to call into question the very purpose of any utopian exercise. Its title and ambiguous characters that describe the utopian city leave the reader wondering how to judge it. The strange novella, which precedes the utopia, questions whether we would be able to distinguish a perfect society from a mad one. Doni integrates the tension that characterizes his text by suggesting that his utopia is an ideal world since it completely reinvents our intellectual and moral categories.

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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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