From the Critic's Workbench: Essays in Literature and Semiotics

From the Critic's Workbench: Essays in Literature and Semiotics

by Marianne Shapiro, Michael Shapiro
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820479152

ISBN-13: 9780820479156

Pub. Date: 07/11/2005

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

This book comprises twenty-two chapters, including previously unpublished material, written over the entire span of Marianne Shapiro’s working life. Its opening section on the European heritage begins with a long essay on the Aeneid that breaks new interpretative ground by examining the epic from the perspective of Virgil’s implicit prescriptions

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This book comprises twenty-two chapters, including previously unpublished material, written over the entire span of Marianne Shapiro’s working life. Its opening section on the European heritage begins with a long essay on the Aeneid that breaks new interpretative ground by examining the epic from the perspective of Virgil’s implicit prescriptions for leaders and leadership. Chapters on Dante add to the store of knowledge on his minor works as well as the Comedy, and are followed by close readings of Petrarch and Provençal poetry. The American and comparative literature section features an analysis of John Ashbery’s New Spirit and a page-by-page commentary on Nabokov’s Lolita and Pnin. The book is rounded out by three chapters in a semiotics section, the highlight of which is an analysis of the Christian Trinity based on a deep understanding of Peirce’s sign theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820479156
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
07/11/2005
Series:
Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics, #58
Pages:
522
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.06(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1Literature1
The European heritage3
Virgil5
1Virgil stuff7
2The ending of the Aeneid77
Dante85
3An old French source for Ugolino?87
4Figurality in the Vita Nuova : Dante's new rhetoric109
5On the role of rhetoric in the Convivio129
6Paradiso 28 : the status of astronomy161
7On the poetics of purgatory177
8Virgil 'Come la Madre' and Beatrice 'Questi Ammiraglio'191
Petrarch201
9The adynaton in Petrarch's Sestinas203
10The Petrarchan selva revisited : Sestina XXII225
11Anxiety of influence in Petrarch243
Provencal251
12The figure of the watchman in the Provencal erotic alba253
13The Provencal Trobairitz and the limits of courtly love289
14"Fols naturaus" : the born fool as literary type303
15The decline of joi in the Provencal planh309
American and comparative literature331
16John Ashbery : the new spirit333
17Notes on Nabokov's Lolita and Pnin349
18How narrators report speech435
19The primacy of poetry in the Orlando Furioso and Don Quixote451
Pt. 2Semiotics455
20Preliminaries to a semiotics of ballet457
21The semiotics of Archie Bunker471
22The trinity as semiotic495

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