32Par6to10W11 - LESSONS IN READING 1 Paradiso 6-10 DONT BE...

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L ESSONS IN R EADING Paradiso 6-10 1
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D ON T BE LITERALISTS Better to substitute something else than to hold to the letter of the agreement, of the law. Better to be figural readers, where the matter can be substituted for something else. The literal level is less important than what it signifies. The signifier can change and still signify the same thing. 2
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A PPLICATION OF THE PRINCIPLES OF REPRESENTATION AND SUBSTITUTION Canto 6: Speech of Justinian the biography of a sign (the eagle, sacrosanct sign of Empire) Canto 7: cur deus homo Why did God have to become man and die on the cross? why did God want this way for our redemption? 3
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S UBSTITUTION C ANTO 7: CUR DEUS HOMO Why did God have to become man and die on the cross? How just vengeance can deserve just punishment? Come giusta vendetta giustamente / punita fosse (7.20-21) poscia con Tito a far vendetta corse della vendetta del peccato antico (6.92-93) [The Sign] then with Titus to take vengeance for the vengeance taken on ancient sin How could one death please both God and the Jews? (7.47) 4
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S UBSTITUTION C ANTO 7: CUR DEUS HOMO How could one death please both God and the Jews? Crucifixion pleased God because it was a vendetta for Adam’s sin Human nature justly punished No punishment, therefore, if measured by the nature that was assumed, ever took its toll so justly 7.40-42 5
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S UBSTITUTION C ANTO 7: CUR DEUS HOMO 2nd question: Why God willed precisely this pathway for our redemption? (7.46-57) Answer: 1. Sin is what makes man unlike the Highest Good (7.80) 2. In order to regain his dignity, he needs to make it up (7.82-84) 6
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S UBSTITUTION C ANTO 7: CUR DEUS HOMO Here too a problem of how to make things equal (cf. Inferno 28: words to equal suffering; vendetta, retaliatory justice (eye for an eye) “No one save God can make reparation. No one save man ought to make it. It is necessary for a God-man to make it.” Anselm, Cur deus homo , Durling p. 157) 7
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S UBSTITUTION C ANTO 7: CUR DEUS HOMO Why God willed precisely this pathway 1. Sin alone … makes [the human creature] dissimilar from the highest Good (7.80) 2. Nor can it ever regain its high worth, if it does not fill what guilt has emptied, replenishing (7.82-84) 3. Mankind could not, within its natural bounds, give satisfaction ever; none could fall, obedient in humility, as far as, disobeying, it had sought to rise (7.97-100) 4. Only God could cover that distance, “All other means, in justice, would have come far short” (7.118-120) 8
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A WAY OF READING HISTORY that is emphatically not ours Antisemitic But also: Events turn out to mean more than anyone knew at the time They turn out to be part of a much larger narrative They might even mean two opposite things at the same time 9
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ANTO 6 B IOGRAPHY OF A SIGN The Eagle’s flight (1) God’s bird (5) Shadow of its plumes (7) From hand to hand it governed all the world, And came by due
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2011 for the course ITALIAN 333 taught by Professor Cornish during the Winter '11 term at University of Michigan.

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