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Forms and Theories of Allegory between Middle Age and Modernity – International conference in Trento, December, 9-11 2009
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Scuola di dottorato in Studi letterari, linguistici e filologici – Carlo Tirinanzi de Medici
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Allegory: Theories and Forms between Middle Age and Modernity
The notion of allegory is a pivotal one to understand Western literature, either the medieval one by which allegory was institutionalized within the four layers system of textual hermeneutics (literal, moral, allegorical, and anagogical), or in the modern texts which have been often interpreted, at least from Benjamin forward, as allegorical texts.
Between these two phases – say, medieval and modern – it is possible to glimpse a considerable gap in the theoretical systematization of allegory. If in the middle age allegory was strictly coded, if considered both as a rhetorical figure and as part of a more general hermeneutical path going from the text to the world, on the other hand, after some centuries of decline, modernity saw a kind of rebirth of the concept of allegory, thanks to the remarkable work of some critics (Benjamin, De Man, Jameson, Luperini). Each of them worked out his own hermeneutical strategy that, despite its peculiarity, detaches from the medieval one: the master code actually results perturbed , uncertain, sometimes even deleted.
The Department and the Graduate School of Literary, Linguistic and Philological Studies organize on December, 9th, 10th and 11th 2009 a congress with the aim to treat these issues from a theoretical point of view and/or by the mean of textual analysis of particularly significant works. It is also arranged the publication of a volume containing a choice of lecturers’ contributions.
Papers should cover a maximum of 25 minutes and concern (but aren’t limited to) the following topics:
- the development of the notion of allegory in the Middle-Age;
All the proposals will be peer-reviewed by a scientific committee. The committee will read all the proposals with great pleasure but is particularly interested in young researchers’, post-doc’s and graduate students’ proposals.
Deadline for submission is August, 7th, 2009.
-- Testo in italiano --
Lʼallegoria: teorie e forme tra medioevo e modernità
Per comprendere la letteratura occidentale quello di allegoria è un concetto cardine, si
Tra le due fasi, medioevale e moderna, cʼè uno scarto forte nella sistemazione teorica
La Scuola di dottorato e il dipartimento di Studi Letterari, Linguistici e Filologici
Gli interventi, di massimo 25 minuti, riguarderanno tra lʼaltro, ma non solo:
Le proposte verranno valutate da un comitato scientifico con il metodo del peer reviewing. Particolare attenzione sarà data ai giovani ricercatori, dottorandi o dottori di ricerca coinvolti in progetti post-dottorato.
Chi volesse partecipare è invitato a inviare un abstract della sua proposta di intervento,