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Dante and the Dynamics of Textual Exchange$
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Jelena Todorović

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823270231

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823270231.001.0001

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Dante the Scribe and Dante the Commentator II: The Old Occitan Poetry Collections and the Vita Nova

Dante the Scribe and Dante the Commentator II: The Old Occitan Poetry Collections and the Vita Nova

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(p.102) Chapter 3 Dante the Scribe and Dante the Commentator II: The Old Occitan Poetry Collections and the Vita Nova
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Dante and the Dynamics of Textual Exchange
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Jelena Todorović

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823270231.003.0004

The third chapter examines the Old Occitan practice of enhancing and explaining poetry by the inclusion in manuscripts of short lives (vidas) and brief prose exegeses (razos). This tradition spread from northern Italy (where most of the extant manuscripts containing the vidas and the razos were either produced or copied), while its presence in Tuscany can be hypothesized. Through a close comparison of the Vita Nova and the two exemplary Old Occitan poetry collections, MSS Vatican Latino 3207 of the Vatican Apostolic Library and Pluteo XLI 42 of the Laurentian Library in Florence, the chapter shows that literary as well as codicological and paleographical traits indicate that this kind of combination of prose and verse represents a primary influence on Dante’s choice of the prosimetrum for the Vita Nova.

Keywords:   Laurenziano Pluteo XLI. 42, Liederbücher, Old Occitan, razos, Uc de Saint Circ, Vaticano Latino 3207, vidas, Vita Nova/Vita Nuova

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