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Per il testo di Vita nuova XXV, 3-7

Title in English For the text of Vita nuova XXV, 3-7


Year of publication 2021
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

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Description In chapter XXV of the ‘Vita Nuova’, which is a theoretical digression on poetry in the vernacular and its history, that in some respects comes close to a few passages of the ‘De vulgari eloquentia’ and the ‘Convivio’, the textual tradition presents two errors in a compact way: in § 1 «sustanzia intelligentia», which Michele Barbi corrects with «sustanzia intelligente», while Guglielmo Gorni proposes to correct with «sustantia ‹separata da materia, cioe› intelligentia»; in § 9 a quotation is attributed to the «secondo de lo Eneida» which belongs instead to the third book: Barbi, despite of correcting the text, does not hide his doubt that it may be an author’s error; Gorni, on the other hand, promotes the reading of manuscripts to text, a choice that will also be accepted by Donato Pirovano, as this is likely the author’s reading. Upon careful examination, also a third passage within the same chapter, which is likely to be a gloss, looks troublesome within the textual context in which it is placed. In the article, this issue will be discussed, an attempt will be made to explain its genesis and the opportunity of a new textual restitution that would resolve such aporia will be evaluated.
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