Curses and laughter: The ethics of political invective in the comic poetry of high and late medieval Italy

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dc.contributor.author Applauso, Nicolino
dc.date.accessioned 2010-12-04T00:02:32Z
dc.date.available 2010-12-04T00:02:32Z
dc.date.issued 2010-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1794/10874
dc.description xiv, 479 p. : ill. (some col.) A print copy of this thesis is available through the UO Libraries. Search the library catalog for the location and call number. en_US
dc.description.abstract My dissertation examines the ethical engagement of political invective poetry in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Italy. Modern criticism tends to treat medieval invective as a playfully subversive but marginal poetic game with minimal ethical weight. Instead, I aim to restore these poetic productions to their original context: the history, law, and custom of Tuscan cities. This contexts allows me to explore how humor and fury, in the denunciation of political enemies, interact to establish not a game but an ethics of invective. I treat ethics as both theoretical and practical, referring to Aristotle, Cicero, and Brunetto Latini, and define ethics as the pursuit of the common good in a defined community. Chapter I introduces the corpus, its historical and cultural background, its critical reception, and my approach. Chapter II discusses medieval invective in Tuscany and surveys the cultural practice of invective writing. Chapter III approaches invectives written by Rustico Filippi during the Guelph and Ghibelline wars. Chapter IV explores invectives by Cecco Angiolieri set in Siena, which polemicize with the Sienese government and citizenry. Chapter V examines invectives in Dante's Commedia (Inf. 19, Purg. 6, and Par. 27), focusing on his unexpected humor and his critique of the papacy, the empire, and Italian city governments. My conclusion examines the ethical function of slanderous wit in wartime invective. These poems balance verbal aggression with humor, claiming a role for laughter in creating dialogue within conflict. Far from a stylistic or ludic exercise, each invective shows the poet's activism and ethical engagement. This dissertation includes previously published material. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Committee in Charge: Regina Psaki, Chairperson, Romance Languages; Massimo Lollini, Member, Romance Languages; David Wacks, Member, Romance Languages; Steven Shankman, Outside Member, English en_US
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dc.publisher University of Oregon en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries University of Oregon theses, Dept. of Romance Languages, Ph. D., 2010;
dc.subject Invective and ethics en_US
dc.subject Medieval Italian literature en_US
dc.subject Italian comic poetry en_US
dc.subject Dante and humor, invective en_US
dc.subject Angiolieri, Cecco, ca. 1258-ca. 1312 en_US
dc.subject Rustico di Filippo, 13th cent. en_US
dc.subject Invective en_US
dc.subject Comic poetry en_US
dc.subject Italy en_US
dc.subject Medieval literature en_US
dc.subject Romance literature en_US
dc.subject Ethics en_US
dc.subject Medieval history en_US
dc.subject Political science en_US
dc.subject Italian poetry -- To 1400 -- History and criticism
dc.title Curses and laughter: The ethics of political invective in the comic poetry of high and late medieval Italy en_US
dc.title.alternative Ethics of political invective in the comic poetry of high and late medieval Italy en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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