16Inf28to32W11 - Other overreachers The giants (canto 31)...

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Other overreachers • The giants (canto 31) – Like Ulysses, overreachers • Tower of Babel • Battle between giants and the gods
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Other overreachers • The giants (canto 31) – Like Ulysses, overreachers – Giants are: reason combined with ill-will and strength (31.55-56)
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Other overreachers • The giants (canto 31) – Like Ulysses, overreachers – Not speech, but babble 31.67-81
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Other overreachers • The giants (canto 31) – Like Ulysses, to have experience of of the world (26.98) Esperienza (31.97-102)
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The giants (canto 31) – Resemblance to a medieval Italian town (What city is this? 31.21)
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Why do giants look like towers? Montereggioni (31.40-41)
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Experience esperienza (of Briareus) (31.99) a divenir del mondo esperto (26.98) esperienza piena (28.48)
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Canto 28: anti-war canto • Unspeakability – Who could ever, even with unbound words, tell in full of the blood and wounds that I now saw… (28.1-21) • Inability of language to equal – It would be nothing to equal d’aequar sarebbe nulla (28.20); cf. 32.12 Incommensurability of language to experience
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Canto 28: anti-war canto • unspeakability (28.1-21) • ancient and modern battles combined • Wars won by fraud (28.16-17) • showing, pointing, seeing – Mohammed 28.22-33
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• Not violence, but fraud • How different from heresy? • Is it a sin to believe in Islam?
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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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16Inf28to32W11 - Other overreachers The giants (canto 31)...

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