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Dante and the Making of a Modern Author

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ISBN-10: 0521882362

ISBN-13: 9780521882361

Edition: 2007

Authors: Albert Russell Ascoli

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Leading scholar Albert Russell Ascoli traces the metamorphosis of Dante Alighieri - minor Florentine aristocrat, political activist and exile, amateur philosopher and theologian, daring experimental poet - into Dante, author of the Divine Comedy and perhaps the most self-consciously authoritative cultural figure in the Western canon. This is the first comprehensive introduction to Dante's evolving, transformative relationship to medieval ideas of authorship and authority from the early Vita Nuova, through the unfinished treatises, The Banquet and On Vernacular Eloquence, to the works of his maturity, Monarchy and the Divine Comedy. Ascoli reveals how Dante anticipates modern notions of personalized, creative authorship and the phenomenon of Renaissance self-fashioning. Unusually, the book examines Dante's career as a whole offering an important new point of access not only to the Dantean oeuvre, but also to the history and theory of authorship in the larger Italian and European tradition.
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Book details

List price: $139.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/13/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 480
Size: 9.75" wide x 6.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Preface
Abbreviations of primary texts and translations
Introduction
The author in history
What is an "auctor"?
The autore of the Commedia
Theory
History
Criticism
Organization
"What is an 'Other'?"
An Author in the Works: Dante Before The Commedia
Definitions: The vowels of authority
The problem of Convivio
"Author" and "authority" in medieval discourse
Dante's "maggiore autoritade" (Convivio 1.4.13)
"Autore" from "autentin"
"Autore" from "avieo"
"La sua prima voce"
Language: "Neminem ante nos"
Vernacular authorship between Convivio and De Vulgari Eloquentia
Vernacular and grammar
Individuality and universality
The poet's language
The author's language in history
Auto-commentary: Dividing Dante
"Fo due parti di me"
Vita Nova
Convivio
From Dante divided to the poeta-personaggio
Authority in Person: Dante Between Monarchia and the Commedia
"No judgment among equals": Dividing authority in Dante's Monarchia
Monarchia after Convivio and De Vulgari Eloquentia
Auctoritas in Monarchia
The Monarch's authority: Conflict and judgment
"A Daniel come to judgment"
Palinode and history
Historicizing the palinode
Palinode manque in Monarchia
Beyond the palinode: Between Monarchia and the Commedia
The author of the Commedia
"In death he was undivided"
When "Dante" met "Virgil"
Virgilio crowns "Dante"
A perfect poet
"Di se parlando"
The perfect poet
Works consulted
Index of proper names and works cited