Dante's Plurilingualism: Authority, Vulgarization, Subjectivity

 

ICI Berlin, 2-4 April 2009

Concept/Organisation: Sara Fortuna, Manuele Gragnolati, Jürgen Trabant

Supported by the VolkswagenStiftung

 

 

Dante's Plurilingualism: Authority, Knowledge, Subjectivity

Eds. S. Fortuna, M. Gragnolati, J. Trabant. Oxford: Legenda, 2010

Dante's conception of language is encompassed in all his works and can be understood in terms of a strenuous defence of the volgare in tension with the prestige of Latin. By bringing together different approaches, from literary studies to philosophy and history, from aesthetics to queer studies, from psychoanalysis to linguistics, this volume offers new critical insights on the question of Dante's language, engaging with both the philosophical works characterized by an original project of vulgarization, and the poetic works, which perform a new language in an innovative and self-reflexive way. In particular, Dante's Plurilingualism explores the rich and complex way in which Dante's linguistic theory and praxis both informs and reflects an original configuration of the relationship between authority, knowledge and identity that continues to be fascinated by an ideal of unity but is also imbued with a strong element of subjectivity and opens up towards multiplicity and modernity.

Sara Fortuna teaches Philosophy of Language at the Università Telematica Guglielmo Marconi and is associate member at the ICI. 

Manuele Gragnolati is Reader in Italian at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Somerville College, as well as associate member and special advisor to the director at the ICI.

Jürgen Trabant is Wisdom professor of European Plurilingualism at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Jacobs University Bremen.

Contributors: Zygmunt Baranski, Emma Bond, Gary Cestaro, Sara Fortuna, Stefano Gensini, Carlo Ginzburg, Manuele Gragnolati, Giulio Lepschy, Laura Lepschy, Bettina Lindorfer, Elena Lombardi, Franco Lo Piparo, Lino Pertile, Giorgio Pressburger, Irène Rosier-Catach, Francesca Southerden, Mirko Tavoni, Jürgen Trabant