Authority and Diplomacy from Dante to Shakespeare by Jason Powell, William T. Rossiter

By Jason Powell, William T. Rossiter

An in depth exam of the connection among the discourses and practices of authority and international relations within the overdue medieval and early glossy classes, Authority and international relations from Dante to Shakespeare interrogates the power duality of the jobs of writer and ambassador. the amount techniques its topic from a literary-historical point of view, drawing upon past due medieval and early sleek principles and discourses of international relations and authority, and interpreting how they're manifested inside of varied varieties of writing: drama, poetry, diplomatic correspondence, peace treaties, and loved ones debts. participants specialize in significant literary figures from various cultures, together with Dante, Petrarch, and Boccacio from Italy; and from England, Chaucer, Wyatt, Sidney, and Spenser. moreover, the ebook strikes among and throughout literary-historical classes, tracing the advance of ideas and discourses of authority and international relations from the past due medieval to the early sleek period.Taken jointly, those essays forge a broader argument for the centrality of international relations and diplomatic strategies within the literature and tradition of overdue medieval and early glossy England, and for the significance of international relations in present stories of English literature earlier than 1603.

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4 18 Authority and Diplomacy from Dante to Shakespeare / Brilli the sample under examination and, at the same time, multiply the variables considered. Among these, Dante’s family ties and more general links to the consortium, on the one hand, and his professional expertise on the other, probably had a decisive influence on the definition of his individual itinerary, the precise extent of which remains to be determined by historical investigation. Thus, if exile is not an unusual measure in itself, perhaps in Dante’s case it became so because this condition was combined with a family with limited economic resources and visibility intra and extra moenia, and with a profession that ill-accorded with the job market of the early fourteenth century, and which enabled him at best to act as a diplomatic intermediary in the pay of local potentates (one thinks of the service he provided for the Malaspina as diplomat to the Bishop of Luni).

Firstly the lexicon, since the term usually used to describe Dante’s condition after 1301 is his heritage: even though the term ‘exile’ was not unknown, it was first used by Dante in order to define, and claim, a legal-political condition that, in the vocabulary of the period, would typically have been defined in other terms. The ‘exile’ is considered as a source of honour in the canzone Tre donne intorno al cor (Rime CIV, line 76). The self-presentation in the guise of an exul inmeritus – for the first time in the epistle of May–June 1304 addressed to Guido and Uberto of Romena (Ep.

The debate on the interpretation of both the canzone and Epistle IV remains open: among the most recent contributions see G. Gorni, ‘La canzone “montanina”, Amor dacché convien pur ch’io mi doglia (CXVI)’, Letture Classensi, 24 (1995): 129–50; M. , 19 (2002): 105–12; E. Fenzi, ‘Ancora sulla Epistola a Moroello e sulla “montanina” di Dante’, Tenzone, 4 (2003): 43–84; A. Fontes Baratto, ‘Le Diptyque “montanino” de Dante’, Arzanà, 12 (2007): 65–97; E. Pasquini, ‘Un crocevia dell’esilio: la canzone “montanina” e l’epistola a Moroello’, in C.

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