Dante and the Grammar of the Nursing Body

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780268025533
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: William and Katherine Devers Series in D
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

About the William and Katherine Devers Series in Dante Studies
List of Illustrations
Introduction 1
1 Lady Grammar between Nurturing and Discipline 9
Defining grammatica 9
Nutrix as magistra 14
Inter blandimenta nutricum 15
Lady Grammar's Whip 20
Sapientia nutrix and Grammatica nutrix 22
Grammatica in the Metalogicon 25
Lady Grammar in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries 40
Lady Grammar in Fourteenth-Century Italy 46
2 The Primal Scene of Suckling in Devulgari eloquentia 49
A la tetta de la madre s'apprende 49
Nutricem imitantes 53
Vir sine matre, vir sine lacte 58
Quanquam Sarnum biberimus ante dentes 59
Ut "femina," "corpo" 70
Os ex ossibus meis et caro de carne mea 72
3 The Body of Gaeta: Burying and Unburying the Wet Nurse in Inferno 77
From Lady Grammar to the Neoplatontic Nurse and Beyond 77
La presso a Gaeta, prima che si Enea la nomasse 78
Ex ore infantium et lactentium 80
Aeneia nutrix 82
Circe, the Anti-nurse 85
Bones and a Name 88
In misericordia uberi 93
Ulysses as Circe 97
Noms de lieu 99
Poppa and prora at the End of Paradiso 104
The Nurse in Inferno 106
4 Deconstructing Subjectivity in Antepurgatory 109
Selfhood and the Body in Purgatorio 109
Silva from Plato to Dante 113
Silva and Alma Mater 116
Silva in Purgatorio 5 118
5 Reconstructing Subjectivity in Purgatorio and Paradiso 135
Sermo humilis and the Nursing Body of Christ 135
Dante's Nurse-Poets 138
The Pilgrim as infans / puer 145
The Triumph of the Resurrected Breast 154
Et coram patre le si fece unito 157
Notes 167
Bibliography 269
Index 297
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