Philology and Microhistory: A Conversation with Carlo Ginzburg by Islam Dayeh (open access)

Carlo Ginzburg. Image courtesy of the author. Photo copyright: Danilo De Marco.

Philology and Microhistory: A Conversation with Carlo Ginzburg by Islam Dayeh 

In this Philological Conversation, Carlo Ginzburg reflects on the place of philology in his work and explores the connections between philology, microhistory, and casuistry. We talk about the people who inspired his early thinking, including his father Leone Ginzburg, his mother Natalia, and his grandfather, moving on to Erich Auerbach, Leo Spitzer, and Sebastiano Timpanaro. We discuss the ethical and political implications of his research and reflect on the power of philology to give voice to the marginalized and suppressed. The conversation, which was edited for readability, took place during the Corona pandemic over three meetings via Zoom on July 13, September 10, and September 17, 2021. A preview of the conversation is here, and the full text can be read in the journal Philological Encounters, here.

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