Dante's Comedy and the Ethics of Invective in Medieval Italy: Humor and Evil (Studies in Medieval Literature) (Hardcover)

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Dante's Comedy and the Ethics of Invective in Medieval Italy proposes a new approach to invective and comic poetry in Italy during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and opens the way for an innovative understanding of Dante's masterpiece. The Middle Ages in Italy offer a wealth of vernacular poetic invectives-polemical verses aimed at blaming specific wrongdoings of an individual, group, city or institution- that are both understudied and rarely juxtaposed. No study has yet provided a scholarly examination of the connection between this medieval invective tradition, and its elements of humor, derision, and reprehension in Dante's Comedy. This book argues that these comic texts are rooted in and actively engaged with the social, political, and religious conflicts of their time. Political invective has a dynamic ethical orientation that is mediated by a humor that disarms excessive hostility against its individual targets, providing an opening for dialogue. While exploring medieval comic poems by Rustico Filippi (from Florence), Cecco Angiolieri (from Siena), and Folgore da San Gimignano, this study unveils new biographical data about these poets retrieved from Italian state archives (most of these data are published here in English for the very first time), and ultimately shows what the medieval invective tradition can add to our understanding of Dante's Comedy.

About the Author


Nicolino Applauso is visiting assistant professor of Italian at Loyola University Maryland.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781498567787
ISBN-10: 1498567789
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication Date: November 13th, 2019
Pages: 350
Language: English
Series: Studies in Medieval Literature
 
 
 
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