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Wordly Wise

The Semiotics of Discourse in Dante’s "Commedia</I>

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Raffaele de Benedictis

In Wordly Wise: The Semiotics of Discourse in Dante’s Commedia, Raffaele De Benedictis proposes a new critical method in the study of the Divine Comedy and Dante’s minor works. It systematically and comprehensively addresses the discursive aspect of Dante’s works and focuses mainly on the reader, who, along with the author and the text, contributes to the making of discursive paths and discourse-generating functions through the act of reading. This work allows the reader to become acquainted with how meaning is generated and whether it is granted legitimacy in the text. Also, in a system of signification, sign function and sign production are not limited to the properties of the mind but are the result of working interactively with the properties of discourse, which provide directionality for the reader’s enunciation(s) in action.

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INDEX abduction Eco on, 122, 147, 150 and eminent vernacular, 55 invitation to reader to attempt, 24 and Plutus’s utterances, 141, 142 and poetry, 76–77 and speech acts, 23, 151 types of, 22–23, 150 actio, 138–139, 146, 200, 203, 204 allegory allegorical sense of, 109–110 of Commedia, 102–103 and cultural climate, 107 Dante’s notion of, 100, 107 Dante’s use of, 119 distinguished from symbol, 217–218 as embedded in language, 95 importance of in Commedia, 211–212 and letter, 107, 108–109, 110 and lie, 80–81 literal sense of, 105, 109–110 medieval theory of, 97 ratio difficilis in, 119 relation with Psalm CXIII, 190 Sarolli on, 86 signification of, 212 Singleton on, 87–89, 93–94 theological vs. poetic, 82, 86–95, 101–103 truth of, 95, 101 vs. metaphor, 212–213 allegory, Dantean, 103, 108, 117–121, 212, 227 Allegory in Dante’s Commedia (Hollander), 103 alliteration, 145 ambiguity, 9–11 Ammonius, 43 “Amor che ne la mente mi ragiona,” 169–173 analogia entis, 11–12 analogy of being, 11–12 Analytica priora (Aristotle), 39 Apollo, 78, 176, 179, 183 apprehension, 31–32 Aquinas, Thomas. see Thomas Aquinas Aristotle, 37, 38–41, 43, 45, 127, 210–211 De Benedict_Ind.indd 249 22/11/11 2:20 PM 250 wordly wise articulation, textual, 142 association, semantic, 191–192 Auerbach, Erich, 96–97, 115, 124–125 Augustine, 36, 37–38, 43, 88, 92, 139 Augustine of Dacia, 90 Austin, John L., 209 Avalle, D’Arco Silvio, 3–4,...

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