1st Edition

Dante's Plurilingualism
Authority, Knowledge, Subjectivity

ISBN 9780367602444
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
308 Pages

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Book Description

This book focuses on Dante's central problem of the plurality of languages. It discusses the medieval theories of language and explores Dante's original place with respect to them by focusing on the concepts of universality, unity, variability and plurality.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Dante’s Plurilingualism Part I: Theories 1. Mother Tongues in the Middle Ages and Dante 2. Millena variatio: Overcoming the Horror of Variation 3. Man as a Speaking and Political Animal: A Political Reading of Dante's De vulgari eloquentia 4. Volgare e latino nella storia di Dante 5. Le idee linguistiche di Dante e il naturalismo fiorentino-toscano del Cinquecento 6. Aristotele e Dante, filosofi della variabilità  linguistica Part II: Authority 7. The Roots of Dante's Plurilingualism: 'Hybridity' and Language in the Vita nova 8. Language as a Mirror of the Soul: Guilt and Punishment in Dante's Concept of Language 9. Plurilingualism sub specie aeternitatis and the Strategies of a Minority Author Part III: Subjectivity 10. Dante's Blind Spot (Inferno XVI-XVII) 11. Trasmutabile per tutte guise': Dante in the Comedy 12. Is Ulysses Queer? The Subject of Greek Love in Inferno XV and XXVI 13. Lost for Words: Recuperating Melancholy Subjectivity in Dante's Eden 14. (In-)Corporeality, Language, Performance in Dante's Vita Nuova and Commedia 15. Dante After Wittgenstein: 'Aspetto', Language, and Subjectivity from Convivio to Paradiso

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