Discipline: Cultural Studies
Less than a hundred years ago one of the most appreciated European poets, Giosue Carducci, wrote to his contemporaries: Amate, il mondo e' bello, e santo e' l'avvenir (Love, for beautiful is the world, and holy is the future). Thus far, however, it is well known that the poet's exhilarating cry has proved itself to be a voice in the desert. Albeit all of us are prompt to cherish the joyful heralding love and hope in life while gloom and pessimism are still obscuring the minds and hearts of many. The spirits of anguish and lack of faith in life have spread at large and have found their authentic expression in the writings of the majority of intellectuals of our century who have stressed the despair and anxiety that are suffocating our daily life.