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«Intelletto d’amore».

La mistica affettiva in Dante

Mira Mocan    Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italia    

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The essay takes into consideration the importance of the affective mysticism of the twelfth century for the beginnings and development of Dante’s poetry, starting from the novelty of ‘praise’ formulated in the Vita nova up to the most mature reworkings, in the canto XXIV of the Purgatorio and along the last cantos of the poem. The focus is on the works of William of Saint-Thierry, in particular on his Expositio in Cantica Canticorum, in which there is a first attestation of the formula intellectus amoris, a possible source for the famous Dante’s incipit Donne ch’avete intelletto d’amore and for the concept of love that follows from it. The essay then focuses on the high frequency of intertextual references to texts belonging to the tradition of affective mysticism, including the works of William himself, in early romance poetry, highlighting the continuity between this line of inspiration and Dante’s poetics.

Pubblicato
17 Dicembre 2018
Lingua
IT
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-299-4
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-298-7

Keywords: Intellect of loveAffective mysticismPurgatorio XXIVWilliam of Saint-ThierryTroubadours

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