<i>Cominciandomi dal principio infino a la fine</i>: Forging Anti-narrative in the Vita Nuova

Teodolinda Barolini

in Dante and the Origins of Italian Literary Culture

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780823227037
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241019 | DOI:
Cominciandomi dal principio infino a la fine: Forging Anti-narrative in the Vita Nuova

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The Vita nuova's literal alternations between prose narrative and verse lyrics may thus be seen as an antecedent for the Paradiso's more figururative alternations between a narrative and lyrical mode. In both cases, what is at stake is time: the Paradiso' lyrical, or anti-narrative, mode surfaces most dramatically in those cantos—such as 23, 30, and 33—in which the poet most heroically strives to deny the time and difference inherent in his medium in order to stimulate the totum simul of paradise. The lyrical mode of the term canticle could be called, in Ricoeur's terminology, a form of “dechronologized narrative”: by the same token note of the Vita nuova's attempt to narrativize the lyric through the deployment of divisioni.

Keywords: Vita nuova; anti-narrative; Paradiso; canticle; cantos; divisioni

Chapter.  7577 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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