Dante and Augustine: Linguistics, Poetics, Hermeneutics

Dante and Augustine: Linguistics, Poetics, Hermeneutics

by Simone Marchesi



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442642102
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 04/23/2011
Series: Toronto Italian Studies Series
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Simone Marchesi is an associate professor in the Department of French and Italian at Princeton University.

Table of Contents




  1. Linguistics

    1. a. The nature of language and the common project of Convivio and De vulgari eloquentia: enucleare aliis conceptum

      b. The quest for a perfect language: Latin as grammar

      c. An alternative model: Augustine again

      d. Concetto: the redefinition of conceptual speech in the Commedia

      e. Concetto again: Dante's incarnational poetics in Paradiso
  2. Poetics

    1. a. The making of poetry: verba and sentential as discretive mixta

      b. Meaning in poetry: the task of prose

      c. Convenientia across secular and biblical writings

      d. On translating meaning: biblical poetry and the sweetness of the Psalms
  3. Hermeneutics

    1. a. The burden of interpretation: authorial intention in Dante's "minor" works

      b. Per te poeta fui, per te cristiano: texts and authors framing Statius' Christianity

      c. Reading beyond the author: two stumbling blocks in Purgatorio XXII

      d. Augustine's regula caritatis and the interpretation of the Commedia

      e. Augustine's hermeneutics and the poetics of the Spirit


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Teodolinda Barolini

Dante and Augustine delights as a well-constructed, elegantly argued, and intellectually coherent study of Dantean ideas through the lens of Augustinian theory. Simone Marchesi deftly juggles all the chief components of Dante’s thought and praxis by employing his command of classical and post-classical linguistics, poetics, and hermeneutics. Covering an impressive amount of ground while maintaining a light, graceful style, Dante and Augustine makes a genuine contribution to both Dante studies and the history of rhetorical and hermeneutical ideas — no mean feat.’

Elena Lombardi

‘In robust and inspiring prose, Dante and Augustine offers original, well-researched insights into the relationship between these two major authors. Marchesi’s sound research methodology and excellent knowledge of the field are enlivened by his discussions of language and poetics, which are always clear and elegant. His comparisons between contemporary and medieval linguistic theory are particularly efficient and successful.’

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