Metamorphosing DanteAppropriations, Manipulations, and Rewritings in the Twentieth and Twenty-First CenturiesVienna: Turia + Kant, 2010
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Cite as: Francesca Southerden, ‘‘Per-tras-versionidantesche: Post-Paradisiacal Constellations in the Poetry of Vittorio Sereni and Andrea Zanzotto’, in Metamorphosing Dante: Appropriations, Manipulations, and Rewritings in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, ed. by Manuele Gragnolati, Fabio Camilletti, and Fabian Lampart, Cultural Inquiry, 2 (Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2010), pp. 153–74 <https://doi.org/10.25620/ci-02_10>

Per-tras-versionidanteschePost-Paradisiacal Constellations in the Poetry of Vittorio Sereni and Andrea ZanzottoFrancesca Southerden

Keywords: Alighieri, Dante – Divina Commedia – Paradiso; productive reception; Italian poetry; language disorders; Sereni, Vittorio; Zanzotto, Andrea

This paper is a study of language disorders in two works by twentieth-century poets in dialogue with Dante’s Paradiso: Vittorio Sereni’s Un posto di vacanza (1971) and Andrea Zanzotto’s ‘Oltranza oltraggio’ (1968). The constellations that I will focus on are linguistic, and the specific ‘disorder’ I want to consider is aphasia — the dissolution of language. Charting the way in which Sereni and Zanzotto construct the universes of their poems as ‘per-tras-versioni’ of their Dantean counterpart — something ‘turned aside’ or ‘diverted’, which ‘cuts across’ the ideal, Dantean scheme — I will show how, in different ways, the intertextual dialogue between modern and medieval author manifests itself as a ‘resemanticization’ of the language of Paradiso or, better, of that coming-into-language of desire and the poem which, textually speaking, Dante’s third canticle takes as its alpha and omega.

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