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Aristotle My Beloved: Poetry, Diagnosis, and the Dreams of Julius Caesar Scaliger

Haugen, Kristine Louise (2007) Aristotle My Beloved: Poetry, Diagnosis, and the Dreams of Julius Caesar Scaliger. Renaissance Quarterly, 60 (3). pp. 819-847. ISSN 0034-4338. doi:10.1353/ren.2007.0278.

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Notoriously Aristotelian in his poetic theory, linguistics, and natural philosophy, Julius Caesar Scaliger (1484–1558) also reimagined the lost love poetry that Aristotle himself was said to have written. Scaliger’s New Epigrams of 1533 combine a distinctively humanist view of Aristotle as an elegant polymath with a sustained experiment in refashioning the Petrarchan love lyric. Most visibly in poems about dreams and dreaming, Scaliger educes his speaker’s erotic despair from philosophical problems in contemporary Aristotelian accounts of the soul, knowledge, and personal identity. The strange but compelling texts that result form a crossroads for Scaliger’s own identities as physician, philosopher, and poet.

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Additional Information:This essay was written during a Frances Yates Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Warburg Institute, London, where the erudite staff and magnificent library made it an immense pleasure to spend three years. Many friends have been kind enough to discuss Scaliger with me, but I am especially grateful for the saving interventions of Jill Kraye, G. W. Pigman III, and an anonymous reader for Renaissance Quarterly.
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Official Citation:Aristotle My Beloved: Poetry, Diagnosis, and the Dreams of Julius Caesar Scaliger Kristine Louise Haugen Renaissance Quarterly Vol. 60, No. 3 (Fall 2007) , pp. 819-851 Published by: The University of Chicago Press on behalf of the Renaissance Society of America Stable URL:
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