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Dante: De vulgari eloquentia

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Part of Cambridge Medieval Classics

  • Date Published: September 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521409230

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  • De vulgari eloquentia, written by Dante in the early years of the fourteenth century, is the only known work of medieval literary theory to have been produced by a practising poet, and the first to assert the intrinsic superiority of living, vernacular languages over Latin. Its opening consideration of language as a sign-system includes foreshadowings of twentieth-century semiotics, and later sections contain the first serious effort at literary criticism based on close analytical reading since the classical era. Steven Botterill here offers an accurate Latin text and a readable English translation of the treatise, together with notes and introductory material, thus making available a work which is relevant not only to Dante's poetry and the history of Italian literature, but to our whole understanding of late medieval poetics, linguistics, and literary practice.

    • Only bilingual Latin-English version available of an important medieval text
    • Only version which contains up-to-date notes and introductory material
    • De vulgari eloquentia is a key text for early literary theory and the history of vernacular language and literature
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    • Date Published: September 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521409230
    • length: 136 pages
    • dimensions: 213 x 140 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.18kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Select bibliography
    A note on the text
    De vulgari eloquentia Book I, Book II
    Explanatory notes
    Index.

  • Author

    Dante

    Editor and Translator

    Steven Botterill, University of California, Berkeley

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