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dc.contributor.authorDani, Valeria
dc.date.accessioned2019-10-15T15:28:18Z
dc.date.available2021-06-05T06:00:37Z
dc.date.issued2019-05-30
dc.identifier.otherDani_cornellgrad_0058F_11469
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/cornellgrad:11469
dc.identifier.otherbibid: 11050206
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1813/67225
dc.description.abstractThis work defines (and rethinks) anadiplosis, a figure of repetition that, I argue, has long been entwined with the desire to represent a mystical or iconoclastic experience. After tracing the etymology of this rhetorical tool, I observe and analyze its presence in the biblical Song of the Ascents, Dante’s Commedia, and the poetry of Amelia Rosselli. Anadiplosis reveals itself as Jacob's ladder, one with which words ascend towards the idea of God or, conversely, divinities are dragged into the mundane. This double movement becomes the matrix that structures my further inquiry: while approaching the paradox of ineffability in relation to repetition via Giorgio Agamben, the gospel of John, Dante, Caterina da Siena, Mariangela Gualtieri, and Gershom Scholem, I highlight that the use of anadiplosis unveils the limits of language when confronted with the divine. Lastly, together with Pier Paolo Pasolini and Walter Benjamin’s theorization of the allegory, I reflect upon the desacralizing power of anadiplosis: a weapon to kill gods, fathers, and empty religious institutions – and to invest them with radical new meanings.
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectComparative Literature
dc.subjectCinema
dc.subjectCritical Theory
dc.subjectRhetoric
dc.subjectItalian literature
dc.subjectItalian poetry
dc.subjectJewish mysticism
dc.subjectPhilosophy of language
dc.titleANADIPLOSIS/CLIMAX. ASCENSIONS AND DOWNFALLS IN ITALIAN POETRY
dc.typedissertation or thesis
thesis.degree.disciplineRomance Studies
thesis.degree.grantorCornell University
thesis.degree.levelDoctor of Philosophy
thesis.degree.namePh.D., Romance Studies
dc.contributor.chairPinkus, Karen Elyse
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCampbell, Timothy C.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberAttell, Kevin D.
dcterms.licensehttps://hdl.handle.net/1813/59810
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.7298/v6kn-we90


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