20Pur3to6W11 - Purgatorio 3-6 Bodies: do they matter?...

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Purgatorio 3-6 • Bodies: do they matter? – Virgil’s body; Dante’s body; Manfred’s body • Orientation (canto 4) – Liturgy: a time-keeper • Late Repentant – Manfred (canto 3) • EfFcacy of prayer • Inclusion/Exclusion: winners and losers – The dice game (canto 6) 1
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Without the body: doubt • Dante’s body breaks the light; no shadow of Virgil (3.16-22) • Why do you doubt? 2
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Do bodies matter? • Dante’s body – The souls, who had perceived by my breathing that I was still alive, became pale with wonder (2.67-69) – My soul, coming here with its body, is so wearied (2.110-111) – When those in front saw that the light on my right side was broken, so that the shadow extended from me to the cliff, they stopped and drew back somewhat 3. 88-97 • Virgil’s body It is already vespers there where is buried the body inside of which I used to make shadows; Naples has it; from Brindisi it was taken (3.25-27) 3
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Shadow-bodies • The empty embrace (2.79-81) • Like celestial spheres that carry the planets, translucent (3.29-30) • How can they suffer torments, heat and freezings? (3.31-33) 4
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Shadow-bodies • How can they suffer torments, heat and freezings? (3.31-33) • He is mad who hopes that our reason can traverse the inFnite way taken by one Substance in three persons (3.34-36) 5
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The “why” of bodies • He is mad who hopes that our reason can traverse the inFnite way taken by one Substance in three persons (3.34-36) • Be content, human people, with the quia ; for if you had been able to see everything, there was no need for Mary to give birth (3.37-39) 6
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The “why” of everything • “He is mad who hopes that our reason can traverse the inFnite way (3.34-36) • And you have seen those yearning fruitlessly whose desire would be stilled, which is given them eternally for their grief: I speak of Aristotle and Plato and many others…” • And here he bent his brow and said no more, and remained troubled (3.43-47) 7
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Do bodies matter? • Manfred’s body (3.106-132) – wanting to be recognized. “consider if you have ever seen me back there” (3.105) – Blond and beautiful biondo era e bello e di gentile aspetto (3.107) – except for ma l’un de’ cigli un colpo avea diviso (3.108)
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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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