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Chapter FiveThe Semiotics of Discourse in the Commedia
the semiotics of discourse in the commedia · 5 · To re-enact Dante’s experience through a journey of interpretation means to experience and to appropriate truth from the inside, “as an order of significance and being, rather than only as a trace or remnant of itself in the form of philo- logical object or cultural artifact”1 in a verisimilar fashion. It is the experience of truth lived in and through the work of art that will constitute the focus of this part of our study. 5.1 The Semiotics of Discourse in the Commedia and the Role of the Reader From the outset, we need to recognize that the text of the Commedia is not a complete text as it is in its physical-linguistic state, but needs to be lived and experienced by means of an existential presence and the dynamic role 1. William Franke, Dante’s Interpretive Journey (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1996), 2. The notion of experiencing and appropriating truth from the inside aims at emphasiz- ing cohesively the achievement of meaning through being with the text, as a lived experience of reading. On this point see also Martin Heidegger, Der Ursprung des Kunstwerkes, in Holzwege (Klostermann: Frankfurt am Main, 1950), trans. A. Hofstandter as “The Origin of the Work of Art,” in Poetry, Language, Thought (New York: Harper & Row, 1971); Hans-Georg Gadamer, Wahrheit und Methode (Tübingen: J. C. B. Mohr, 1960), trans. D. Marshall and J. Weisheimer as Truth and Method , 2nd ed., rev. (New York: Crossroad,...
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