• Dante’s Convivio, Book 1: Metaphor, Exile, Epochē

    Author(s):
    Laurence Hooper (see profile)
    Date:
    2013
    Subject(s):
    Italian literature, Literature and philosophy, Medieval literature, Poetics, Rhetoric
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    authority and legitimacy, dante, hybridity, 14th century, metaphor
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M64C9K
    Abstract:
    The essay examines closely the many and varied metaphors of Convivio 1 in relation to its "content." This approach contrasts with most prior work on the Convivio, which views it as a philosophical work, and pays little attention its form or rhetoric. Instead, the article shows that the Convivio draws on a variety of disciplines in orer to emphasize its author's subjectivity. Once we appreciate that Dante's multi-disciplinary approach, the novel literary and subjective qualities of the Convivio become much clearer. Dante's metaphors do not offer a final intellectual or philosophical demonstration but rather encourage a suspension of judgment that replicates for the reader the alienation of exile from which Dante writes.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal Article
    Pub. DOI:
    10.1353/mln.2012.0152
    Publisher:
    Johns Hopkins University Press
    Journal:
    MLN
    Volume:
    127
    Issue:
    5S
    Start Page:
    S86
    End Page:
    S104
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    2 weeks ago
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives

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