From Brunetto Latini to Dante's Ser Brunetto / Elisabetta Pellegrini Sayiner.

Sayiner, Elisabetta Pellegrini.
vii, 436 p. ; 29 cm.
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This study provides an innovative analysis of the relationship shared by Brunetto Latini and Dante Alighieri. Traditionally, readers have used Dante's portrayal of Latini in Inferno XV among the sodomites to associate the two authors, focusing on Latini's sin or on Latini as Dante's teacher. Dante's inclusion of Latini in Inferno XV has created a powerful legacy, even today influencing critical readings of Latini's writings through a process in which many readers use Dante's representation of Latini as a starting point for the study of Latini's own work. This dissertation does not subscribe to the traditional reading of Latini backwards from Inferno XV, and instead provides a Latini-grounded alternative to our understanding of Latini's works and of the relationship between Latini and Dante.
Two of Latini's works distinctly influenced Dante: the Tesoretto , his didactic allegorical journey, and the Rettorica, his translation with commentary of Cicero's De inventione, both of which he wrote in the Italian vernacular between 1260 and 1266. This dissertation explores the Tesoretto and the Rettorica outlining the thematic and formal characteristics of Latini's works and their theoretical contents. It also explores the manner in which the themes, formal characteristics and theoretical contents of Latini's texts appear in Dante's Convivio and Inferno I, II, and XV, thereby uncovering Dante's intellectual indebtedness to Latini.
By examining the relationship between the two writers chronologically, this study reveals the dynamic qualities of the relationship as it developed. Additionally, this dissertation emphasizes didacticism in the four works studied (the Tesoretto, the Rettorica, the Convivio, and the Divina Commedia) particularly the didactic stance of the authors as they consciously represent themselves as teachers. Within this context, it examines the function of the first person narrator, the construction of narrative authority, and authorial self-representation in general. The result of this analysis is a significant revision of both our understanding of the works of Brunetto Latini and of the relationship between Dante and Latini.
Supervisor: Kevin Brownlee.
Thesis (Ph.D. in Romance Languages) -- University of Pennsylvania, 2000.
Includes bibliographical references.
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University Microfilms order no.: 9965561.
Brownlee, Kevin, advisor.
University of Pennsylvania.
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