Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Letture Classensi: Lettura del "Fiore"

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Letture Classensi: Lettura del "Fiore"

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Letture classensi: lettura del "Fiore", ed. Zygmunt G. Baranski, Patrick Boyde and Lino Pertile, vol. XXII (Ravenna: Longo Editore, 1993). 302 pp. L. 4j,000.

The volume presents eight lectures dedicated to the Fiore by Dantists from the United Kingdom, given at the Biblioteca Ciassense in the spring of 1992. The poem's 232 sonnets were divided into groups of roughly thirty for each scholar, according to the model of the lectura Dantis. One of the intents of this organizing procedure was to foreground the reading of the poem in order to downplay the controversial question of whether the Italian 'reduction' of the Roman de la Rose was written by Dante Alighieri. The volume also includes the text of the poem as edited by Gianfranco Contini (Milan: Mondadori, 1984).

Zygmunt G. Baranski bypasses a direct assault on the attribution question, but is clearly already well advanced in the subsequent project of situating the Fiore within the context of Dante's oeuvre. His meta-literary reading uncovers in the Fiore an engaged counter-attack against the literary hegemony of France and against its most authoritative literary text. John Took finds his sonnets to be 'of a stupendous analytic acuity, sonnets in which the various psychological themes revealed by the author are reunited in a totality as complex as it is ironic' (p. 40). Herein Took also finds the emergence of the terminology of the later and broader meditations of Dante's Inferno. Took has elsewhere expressed lack of interest in the attribution problem (Speculum, 54 (1979)), but the acuity of the poem's analysis and the quality of its performative idiom as illustrated by Took seem strong arguments in favour of Dante. …

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