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Sources

The primary source for this module is Dante's Vita Nova. We will mainly use the edition by Luca Carlo Rossi, based on the text established by Guglielmo Gorni (Mondadori), several copies of which are available in the library. Students are adviced to borrow a copy for the entire duration of the module: for personal study, they may also consider the editions by Stefano Carrai (BUR) and Manuela Colombo (Feltrinelli). It is also advisable to get the recent edition of Dante's poems of youth by Teodolinda Barolini and Manuele Gragnolati (BUR). Other texts covered by the module are available from this webpage (access restricted to students and staff).

Students are also warmly encouraged to prepare themselves for the module through a good history of medieval Italian literature at their choice, and to familiarize themselves with the main authors, trends and literary schools of medieval Italy.

Secondary sources include:

  • Agamben, Giorgio, Stanzas. Word and Phantasm in Western Culture, trans. by Ronald L. Martinez (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993)

  • Barolini, Teodolinda, ‘Notes toward a Gendered History of Italian Literature, with a Discussion of Dante’s Beatrix Loquax’, in Ead., Dante and the Origins of Italian Literary Culture (New York: Fordham University Press, 2006), 360-78

  • Berisso, Marco, ed., Poesie dello Stilnovo (Milan: Rizzoli, 2006)

  • Bologna, Corrado, Il ritorno di Beatrice. Simmetrie dantesche fra ‘Vita Nova’, ‘petrose’ e ‘Commedia’ (Rome: Salerno, 1998)

  • Branca, Vittore, ‘Poetica del rinnovamento e tradizione agiografica nella “Vita Nuova”’, in Studi in onore di Italo Siciliano, 2 vols. (Florence: Olschki, 1966), I, 123-48

  • Carrai, Stefano, Dante elegiaco. Una chiave di lettura per la 'Vita nova' (Florence, Olschki, 2006)

  • Contini, Gianfranco, Un’idea di Dante. Saggi danteschi (Turin: Einaudi, 1976)

  • De Robertis, Domenico, Il libro della ‘Vita nuova’ (Florence: Sansoni, 1970)

  • Gaunt, Simon, Gender and Genre in Medieval French Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995)

  • —— Love and Death in Medieval French and Occitan Courtly Literature. Martyrs to Love (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006)

  • Giunta, Claudio, La poesia italiana nell’età di Dante. La linea Bonagiunta-Guinizzelli (Bologna: Il Mulino, 1998)

  • Gorni, Guglielmo, ‘Beatrice agli Inferi’, in Omaggio a Beatrice (1290-1990), ed. by Rudy Abardo (Florence: Le Lettere, 1998), 143-58

  • —— ‘La Beatrice di Dante, dal tempo all’eterno’, in Dante Alighieri, Vita Nova, ed. by Luca Carlo Rossi (Milan: Mondadori, 1999), v-xl

  • —— Lettera Nome Numero. L’ordine delle cose in Dante (Bologna: Il Mulino, 1990)

  • Gragnolati, Manuele, ‘Authorship and Performance in Dante’s Vita nova’, in Aspects of the Performative in Medieval Culture, ed. by Manuele Gragnolati and Almut Suerbaum (Berlin-New York: De Gruyter, 2010), 125-41

  • Harrison, Robert Pogue, The Body of Beatrice (Baltimore-London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988)

  • Kay, Sarah, Subjectivity in Troubadour Poetry (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990)

  • Lacan, Jacques, The Seminar Book VII: The Ethics of Psychoanalysis, ed. by Jacques-Alain Miller, trans. by Dennis Porter (New York-London: Norton, 1992)

  • —— The Seminar Book XX: On Feminine Sexuality The Limits of Love and Knowledge, ed. by Jacques-Alain Miller, trans. by Bruce Fink (New York-London: Norton, 1998)

  • —— ‘The Youth of Gide, or the Letter and Desire’, in Id., Écrits, trans. by Bruce Fink, Héloïse Fink and Russell Grigg (New York-London: Norton, 2006), 623-44

  • Leporatti, Roberto, ‘“Io spero di dicer di lei quello che non fue detto d’alcuna” (V.N. XLII, 2): La “Vita nuova” come “retractatio” della poesia giovanile di Dante in funzione della “Commedia”’, in La gloriosa donna de la mente. A Commentary on the ‘Vita nuova’, ed. by Vincent Moleta (Florence: Olschki, 1994), 249-91

  • Lombardi, Elena, The Syntax of Desire: Language and Love in Augustine, the Modistae, Dante (Toronto-London: University of Toronto Press, 2007)

  • Picone, Michelangelo, 'Vita Nuova’ e tradizione romanza (Padua: Liviana, 1979)

  • Straub, Julia, A Victorian Muse. The Afterlife of Dante’s Beatrice in Nineteenth-Century Literature (London: Continuum, 2009)

  • Žižek, Slavoj, The Metastases of Enjoyment: Six Essays on Women and Causality (London-New York: Verso, 2005)