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Beyond the ‘Classical’ Sources

Dante’s Epistles and the Thirteenth-Century Practice of the ars dictaminis

Benoît Grévin    Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France    

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Many enquiries about Dante’s epistles are aimed at pinpointing Dantean features and personal traits: this literary perspective is mainly concerned with his reuse of classical auctoritates or the novelty of his metaphors. This book proposes another complementary method for approaching the issue, that is to say a systematic study concerning the ‘formulaic points of contact’ between Dante’s epistles and the Italian Duecento epistolary tradition contained in those pontifical, imperial and municipal summae dictaminis that might have influenced Dante. The clauses taken for comparison are principally selected through the frame of the letters’ semi-rhythmic structure: there, automatism or semi-automatism imposed on writing through cursus rhythmicus raises compelling issues. The results of such an investigation show the potential of a systematic approach that aims at contextualizing Dante’s letters within both the teaching logic and the rhetorical practice of the Italian Duecento.

Published
Oct. 23, 2020
Accepted
July 19, 2020
Submitted
July 2, 2020
Language
IT
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-449-3
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-448-6
Number of pages
178
Dimensions
16x23 cm
Copyright: © 2020 Benoît Grévin. This is an open-access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction is permitted, provided that the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. The license allows for commercial use. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

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Il corpus di base e la raccolta dei paralleli e degli echi
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Giochi di echi e di formule strutturalmente analoghe
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Abbozzi di ‘nuvole semantiche’
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