Gaudeamus – Venerdì 28 settembre 2012, alle 20.30 presso la Libreria Aseq in via dei Sediari 10, Roma .
Relatori: Bruno Mazzoni, Giovanni Casadio e Roberto Scagno
>> Gaudeamus di Mircea Eliade
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Gaudeamus was written in 1927-28 by a youngster 21 years old. That youngster was none other than Mircea Eliade (1907-1986), who would go on to become the most influential (and controversial) historian of religions of the XXth Cent. But, being the author of no less than 19 books of novels and stories, he always considered himself primarily a fiction writer. How is this relevant to a religious studies discussion mailing list is explained by Matei  Călinescu (1934-2009), Romanian/American literary critic and professor of comparative literature at Indiana University, in Bloomington, Indiana: “I am certain that one day Eliade’s literary work will enjoy the wider readership it deserves. Until then, the simple awareness of his passion for fiction and for art can help in an attempt to define his personality as a thinker and his particulat directions of interest in the study of religion” (“Imagination and Meaning”, The Journal of Religion 57, 1, 1977, p. 2).

G. Casadio