(R)evolution of Man, Pinocchio

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NewSouth, Incorporated, Feb 1, 2013 - 44 pages
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In this volume, excerpted from Charles Darwin: A Celebration of His Life and Legacy (NewSouth Books, 2013), Giovanna Summerfield offers a refreshing respite from science and the history of science. Charles Darwin and Carlo Collodi (1826-90), the Florentine children's writer and creator of Pinocchio, almost certainly never met or even corresponded. Nevertheless, they had in common their free-thinking, speculative minds, perhaps nurtured by membership in the sectarian Masonry. Summerfield deftly places the struggles of the wooden puppet into the context of 19th-century Italy's struggles for betterment as a newly united nation. Also not lost on Summerfield is the very interesting, stepwise evolution of a lifeless chunk of matter into a living, moral being.

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Giovanna Summerfield is Associate Dean for Educational Affairs for the Auburn University College of Liberal Arts. She is also an associate professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Auburn University. She received a BA in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of Florida. She teaches Italian and French at the undergraduate and graduate level. Her research and teaching interests focus on the long 18th-century (1660–1830) French and Italian literature (emphasis on Sicilian writers), religious and philosophical movements, women's studies, and material culture. She is also a published poet and short-story writer.

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