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The idea of "Italy" and of "Italians" that circulated from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance among members of the intellectual elite, whose names range from Brunetto Latini and Dante to Boccaccio, Petrarch and Machiavelli, was revisited during the 18th and 19th centuries by Vittorio Alfieri, Ugo Foscolo, Alessandro Manzoni, and Giacomo Leopardi, among others, in order to promote an Italian identity based upon an imaginarily shared linguistic and cultural heritage.
What is at stake in the conviction that, given a sound heart, the little guy (lower-class, but imaginarily beyond class: himself alone) can get it right, achieve conversion, and triumph over socially imposed obstacles?
God's Imaginarily disrupted Symbolic language, his moment of deception in "testing" Adam, and the end-product of his final creative act betray gynetic influence--a disruption of the phallic creative process by (M)Other Desire.
Even as they were imaginarily exposed to the royal eye by Jonson's verse, the deviant acts perpetrated in deep vaults were represented in terms of unimaginable evils.