Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale
54 | Supplemento | 2018

Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale
54 | Supplemento | 2018

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale | 54 | Supplemento | 2018

Texts in Between Action and Non-Action. Genesis, Strategies, and Outcomes of Textual Agency
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The Narrative Structure of Ambiguity
A Semiotic Analysis of a Tawriya-Epigram by Ibn al-ʿAṭṭār (d. 794/1392)

Luca Rizzo
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia | Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Deutschland
luca.rizzo@unive.it

DOI 10.30687/AnnOr/2385-3042/2018/01/025

Submitted 06 Jul 2018
Accepted 12 Sep 2018

Abstract

This paper engages in a semiotic analysis of a tawriya-epigram by Šihāb al-Dīn b. al-yAṭṭār (d. 794/1392). Mamluk literature is renowned for its extended usage of rhetorical figures, above all the tawriya ‘double entendre’. My goal is to shed light on tawriya, taking into account the Arabic classical theory and presenting a new approach based on semiotics. The subject of my analysis is what was the most flourishing literary genre of the epoch: the epigram. Within the epigram, the tawriya plays a pivotal role. Its potential is not limited to the engendering of a twofold reading of the text but rather goes further and creates a second text out from the first, both of which cooperate with one another and shed light upon their respective meanings. Therefore, the epigram by Ibn al-ʿAṭṭār is a construction of several texts, each of which is mutually linked and deeply-rooted in the social and physical environment depicted in the poem: the ḥammām.

Keywords
Tawriya. Epigram. Mamluk Age. Semiotics. Ḥammām.

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Rizzo Luca

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The Narrative Structure of Ambiguity

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Journal Article

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en

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http://doi.org/10.14277/AnnOr/2385-3042/2018/01/025

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This paper engages in a semiotic analysis of a tawriya-epigram by Šihāb al-Dīn b. al-yAṭṭār (d. 794/1392). Mamluk literature is renowned for its extended usage of rhetorical figures, above all the tawriya ‘double entendre’. My goal is to shed light on tawriya, taking into account the Arabic classical theory and presenting a new approach based on semiotics. The subject of my analysis is what was the most flourishing literary genre of the epoch: the epigram. Within the epigram, the tawriya plays a pivotal role. Its potential is not limited to the engendering of a twofold reading of the text but rather goes further and creates a second text out from the first, both of which cooperate with one another and shed light upon their respective meanings. Therefore, the epigram by Ibn al-ʿAṭṭār is a construction of several texts, each of which is mutually linked and deeply-rooted in the social and physical environment depicted in the poem: the ḥammām.

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale

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Vol. 54 | Num. 1 | Dicembre 2018

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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2018-12-06

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2018-07-06

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2018-09-12

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1125-3789

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2385-3042

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Tawriya

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Epigram

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Mamluk Age

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Semiotics

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Ḥammām

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