Forms of vision in literature from St. Ignatius of Loyola to Aldous Huxley

by Federico di Vita

The theme for the vision went through the whole history of literature, significantly characterizing areas of spiritual transcendence, those of fantasy, up to the twentieth century mystical descriptions explicitly based on the assumption of psychotropic substances. An element that is surprising, in the critical analysis of texts produced in different moments and for radically different reasons, consist in certify how the epiphanic event structures recur according to a scheme and an evolution similar and recognizable.

In this lecture we will analyze the reasons and the phases that characterize the structure of the vision in the literature (from the identification of the locus amoenus, to the appearance of “angel-like” figures, mostly female), addressing in detail an exemplary text for the purposes of discussion: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

Federico di Vita bio

Federico di Vita was born in Rome in 1982 and lives in Florence. He is the author of the essay investigation ” Pazzi scatenati. Usi e abusi dell’editoria – Unleashed mad. Usage and Abuse of Publishing ” (Tic, winner of a Special Prize at the Fiesole Award 2013), and ” I treni non esplodono. Storie dalla strage di Viareggio – Trains do not explode. Stories from the Viareggio Massacre” (written  with Ilaria Giannini), a book that tells the voice of first-hand witnesses on the night of Viareggio’s railroad. His articles have come out for Internationale, Rivista Undici, Ultimo Uomo, Linkiesta e Inutile.