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Ocula 26 Vol. 23  |  December 2022  |  DOI: 10.57576/ocula2022-3  |  Booklet ➞ PDF |  < >
Matters of holiness: semiotic perspectives on Dante

In 2021, the 700th anniversary of Dante's death is celebrated in Italy and around the world. This issue of Ocula pays homage to the Poet by renovating the rich tradition of semiotic studies devoted to his work and stimulating new reflections and directions of research. Indeed, the focus of this issue is the theme of holiness in Dante and its contemporary reception.
We intend to promote and continue the dialogue between semiotics and literary and historical studies, following the example of the works by Maria Corti, Cesare Segre and D’Arco Silvio Avalle, which remain milestones in terms of the transdisciplinary approach and methodological cross-fertilization. We also recall the fundamental works by Umberto Eco on Abulafia which opened a perspective on the themes related to Jewish mysticism in Dante's work (Debenedetti Stow).
Holiness represents an important part in the universe of the Comedy: not only do the saints populate Paradise, but we find a large number of miracles, hagiographies and self-hagiographies, references to intercession, and prayers also in Inferno and Purgatorio.
Here the research topics we propose:
- symbols of holiness, especially in Paradise;
- the biography of the saint as a model for different forms of life (Fontanille);
- representations of holiness (e.g. Benedictine, Franciscan, Dominican);
- the language and rhetoric of holiness;
- the importance of the Comedy in defining the Christian image of holiness;
- the Comedy in the magisterium of the contemporary Church (for example the recent Apostolic Letter Candor Lucis Aeternae by Pope Francis);
The idea for this issue of Ocula was born within the ERC project NeMoSanctI (New Models of Sanctity in Italy (1960s-2000s) - A Semiotic Analysis of Norms, Causes of Saints, Hagiography, and Narratives. University of Turin - principal investigator Prof. Jenny Ponzo.
Contributors to this Issue: Erminia Ardissino, Eleonora Chiais, Francesco Galofaro, Magdalena Maria Kubas, Massimo Leone, Jenny Ponzo, Alessandro Vettori.
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The issue brings together Dante’s literature and semiotics with the aim of exchanging ideas, presenting the state of the art of the different disciplines and making different scholars dialogue. A second intention is to re-propose the reflection on Dante to today’s semiotics, profou |... ⇲
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The study of Dante from a semiotic perspective has led to the double result of acquiring new perspectives on Dante’s work and promoting international dialogue in the semiotic community, thus creating a fertile ground for experimentation, comparison and methodological advancement. T |... ⇲
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Verses 22-45 of canto XXVIII of Dante’s Inferno are problematic for translations into languages that are prevalent in predominantly Islamic countries. These verses, in fact, describe the punishment that Dante imagined for Muhammad and Alì. The severity of their punishment is expres |... ⇲
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A vertical reading of Cantos xi of the Comedy reveals a thick network of interconnections between the administration of money in Inferno, the punishment of the prideful through exempla of humility in Purgatorio xi, and the representation of Francis’s mystical marriage with Lady Pov |... ⇲
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The purpose of this contribution is to examine traces of the litanies in two of the three canticles of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Starting from a previous study of the presence of litany in the medieval poetry, and from a theoretical study dedicated both to the evolution of the litany  |... ⇲
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Much has been written about the individual saints Dante mentions in his poem, but little has been published about the representation of holiness in Dante’s work in general. This essay addresses this critical lacuna, because holiness is one of the main purposes of Dante’s poetic jou |... ⇲
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The paper focuses on the canto XXI of Paradise. In particular, the construction of the cosmological landscape and its superimposition on the level of ethical reading will be examined in order to reconstruct the semiotics of the world (Greimas 1966) of Dante's time. For this purpose |... ⇲
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The essay intends to focus on the character of Dante, proposed as the result of a process of textualization, reconstructing its alternating fortunes through the reading that of the character and of his work has been proposed, over the centuries, by different popes. The objective wi |... ⇲

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