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"A local habitation and a name": origins and identity in Purgatorio XIV

Keen, C; (2017) "A local habitation and a name": origins and identity in Purgatorio XIV. L'Alighieri , 49 (1) pp. 69-90. Green open access

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Abstract

This lectura of Purgatorio XIV investigates the socio-political aspects of the canto, reviewing the way that it engages with historically and geographically specific details, yet draws from them universal conclusions. It explores Dante’s strategic use of proper names – personal, dynastic, topographical – to scrutinize the political morality of the two regions he knew so well. The essay moves on to investigate the juncture between matters of individual and collective identity using the prism of speech and language, and turns to Dante’s regional surveys within De vulgari eloquentia as well as in Purgatorio XIV, to show how the canto’s proliferation of local minutiae is purposefully deployed to build sustained reflection on matters of personal, community, and ethical identity.

Type: Article
Title: "A local habitation and a name": origins and identity in Purgatorio XIV
Location: Italy
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.longo-editore.it/scheda_libro.php?id=15...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1549795
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