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Issue 3/2020

In this Issue:

Alessandro Re | Lucia Busso | Claudia Roberta Combei | Ottavia Tordini | Annick Paternoster | Enrico Reggiani | Paola Spinozzi | Ilaria Vidotto


Alessandro Re, Un glossario greco-latino inedito (Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Lat. 18556

The last page (61r) of manuscript Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale Lat. 18556 contains a short unpublished Greek-Latin glossary. In editing this text, special care is given to each single lemma and its interpretamentum (or interpretamenta if more than one). In the end, I present a hypothesis about the origin of this lexicon.

Keywords: Latin lexicography, Greek lexicography, Glossaries, Bibliothèque Nationale Lat. 18556

Lucia Busso, Claudia Roberta Combei, Ottavia Tordini | The mediatization of femicide: a corpus-based study on the representation
of gendered violence in Italian media

This methodological study deploys hybrid techniques to investigate how femicide is framed in media. Results are consistent with ISTAT data and with the literature, and also offer novel insights. We find a tendency of not holding offenders accountable; that most femicides are perpetrated by men that victims know well; and that mediatic discourse around such crimes increases in certain circumstances and moments of the year. The analysis of the docu-fiction Amore Criminale reveals that metaphors are frequently used to sketch the participants’ socio-psychological portraits. Iconic speech and gestures are frequently employed by interviewees to report and mime episodes of violence.

Keywords: corpus linguistics, multimodal analysis, Structural Topic Model, television language, journalistic language

Annick Paternoster | Cortesia e amorevolezza nei Promessi Sposi 1840

The essay examines rapprochement politeness in two characters of the Promessi Sposi, Federigo Borromeo, in the encounter with the unnamed (chap. XXIII), and Bortolo, in the dialogue with Renzo (ch. XVII). The passages, which contain, in the narrator’s metapragmatic comments, the adjectives affettuoso and amorevole ‘loving’, are analysed with an interdisciplinary method combining the pragmatics of politeness with affective rhetorical figures found in the treatises used in the schools attended by Manzoni.

Keywords: politeness, rapprochement, Manzoni, Francesco Soave, Hugh Blair, Promessi Sposi

Enrico Reggiani | “Shakespeare ist mir noch lieber”: Schumann’s Bard in the Novellette op. 21 n. 3

“Were Romantic composers as little concerned with the traditions of musical craftsmanship as their detractors in the 19th century (and the 20th) have suggested?” In Schumann’s case, Plantinga’s question meets an easily predictable negative answer. However, not so predictable is the cultural-musicological and compositional role of Shakespeare, whom Schumann celebrated as a “Universalgenie” (1830), considered as “noch lieber” than Jean Paul (1851), and entrusted with the task to support his life-long, characteristically Romantic make-it-original creative practice and theoretical (musicological and poetological) reflections: “wer Shakespeare […] versteht, wird anders komponieren, als der eine Weisheit allein aus Marpurg sc. hergeholt” (1843). This essay examines the relationship between Schumann and Shakespeare in the Novellette op. 21 n. 3 by joining the scientific tools and hermeneutic resources of musico-literary analysis and cultural musicology.

Keywords: Robert Schumann, William Shakespeare, music and literature, Cultural musicology

Paola Spinozzi | As Painting Poetry Shall [Not] Be: An Intellectual History of Word and Image Rivalry in British Culture

Word and image dialectics will be examined to develop a synthetic, diachronic view that interprets the hierarchy of the arts as the result of the interplay between individual creative talent and cultural paradigms in specific historical periods. The rivalry between painting and poetry will be reassessed to elucidate how and why the changing emphasis on subservience, independence, or interdependence has generated theories of verbocentrism, iconocentrism, and interart osmosis in Great Britain from the seventeenth century to the contemporary age.

Keywords: Word and Image, Great Britain, Interart Studies, verbocentrism, iconocentrism, interart osmosis

Ilaria Vidotto | Les mêmes et pourtant autres, «comme reviennent les choses dans la vie». Odette de Crécy : prototype du personnage sériel proustien

In this essay, we examine the mechanisms that govern the construction of the serial character of the Recherche; the analysis of the serial appearances of Odette de Crécy will show that this construction is based on the device of recognition. This device provides for a dialectic of repetition and variation that increases the psychological thickness of the heroes, since the kaleidoscopic juxtaposition of their facets nourish a fragmented portrait, in perpetual evolution.

Keywords: Proust, recognition, seriality, characters

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