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Dante's Theory of Signs and the Warping of Language

Moriarty, Brian
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Moriarty, Brian
Advisor
Ochs, Peter
Abstract
This dissertation explores Dante’s theory of signs, or semiotics, through a close reading of his various written works. Recent scholarship has revealed Dante’s broad knowledge of medieval semiotics by identifying his use of a variety of semiotic terms in his writings. As others scholars have shown, Dante references semiotic terminology and images used by medieval exegetes at key dramatic turns in the Commedia. This important scholarship describing Dante’s strategic use of medieval semiotic nomenclature signals his knowledge of medieval exegetical tradition and its influence on his thought and poetry. Dante, however, does not only appropriate the semiotic tradition of the exegetes, he also contributes to it. The development of a clear understanding of Dante’s own theory of signs and his unique contribution to semiotics is the new knowledge this dissertation provides.
Language
English
Date Received
20150422
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Religious Studies, PHD (Doctor of Philosophy), 2015
Published Date
2015-04-21
Degree
PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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