Wordly Wise: The Semiotics of Discourse in Dante's Commedia (Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics #84) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 84 in the Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics series.

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In Wordly Wise: The Semiotics of Discourse in Dante's Commedia, Raffaele De Benedictis proposes a new critical method in the study of the Divine Comedy and Dante's minor works. It systematically and comprehensively addresses the discursive aspect of Dante's works and focuses mainly on the reader, who, along with the author and the text, contributes to the making of discursive paths and discourse-generating functions through the act of reading. This work allows the reader to become acquainted with how meaning is generated and whether it is granted legitimacy in the text. Also, in a system of signification, sign function and sign production are not limited to the properties of the mind but are the result of working interactively with the properties of discourse, which provide directionality for the reader's enunciation(s) in action.

About the Author


Raffaele De Benedictis holds a PhD in Italian from the University of Toronto and is Assistant Professor in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Wayne State University in Detroit. He teaches courses on Dante, literary criticism, and Italian culture. He is the author of Ordine e struttura musicale nella Divina Commedia (2000) and of various articles on Dante, semiotics, and Italian culture.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781433116223
ISBN-10: 1433116227
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publi
Publication Date: December 28th, 2011
Pages: 257
Language: English
Series: Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics