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Sotto <i>benda</i>: Gender in the Lyrics of Dante and Guittone d'Arezzo (With a Brief Excursus on Cecco D'Ascoli)

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823227037.003.0016
Sotto benda: Gender in the Lyrics of Dante and Guittone d'Arezzo (With a Brief Excursus on Cecco D'Ascoli)

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Dante's poetic apprenticeship, both formal and ideological, occurred while he was a writer of lyric poems. The ninety or so lyrics that Dante wrote harbor the wellsprings of his ideological convictions with the result that we must turn to these poems to analyze the paths that Dante took to becoming the poet of the Commedia. The lyrics contain implicit and at times explicit debates on cultural and societal issues of great immediacy for Dante's mercantile audience: issues such as the nature of chivalry and nobility, the desire for wealth and its relationship to avarice, the limits and constraints of political loyalty, and—intertwined with everything else—the role of women and implicitly the construction of gender.

Keywords: Dante; lyrics; nobility; wealth; avarice; loyalty; Commedia; chivalry; gender

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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