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The currency of Purgatory Prayer, fame, family ties, pity. The fortune of having a body. 1
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Fame? • Pia (5.130-136) Deh – When you will have returned to the world and rested – Remember me – “la Pia” – Agency of place • Siena made me; Maremma unmade me – He knows who married me 2
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Fame? • Object of fascination – One behind, pointing with his ±nger, cried out: “See how the rays seem not to shine to the left of the one below, and how he seems to walk as if alive!” (5.4-6) – Let the people talk (5.13) 3
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Fame -- honor Two of them, like messengers, ran to meet us and asked: ‘Inform us of your condition.’ And my master: “You can go back and say to those who sent you that this man’s body is real ±esh. If they stopped because they saw his shadow, as I suppose, that is a suf²cient reply: let them do him honor ( Faccianli onore) , and it can be advantageous to them (5.28-35) Onorate l’altissimo poeta L’ombra sua torna ch’era dipartita ( Inf 4.80-81) 4
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Hounded by the paparazzi Like a squadron that gallops unreined (5.42) These people who are crowding on us are many, and they are coming to beg from you (5.43-4) 5
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Hounded by the paparazzi? What do they want? “O soul who go to be happy in the limbs with which you were born … Look if you ever saw any of us so that you can take news of him back there: Ah, why are you walking? Ah why do you not stop?” (5.46-51) Buona pietate 5.88 6
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Do bodies matter? • Dante’s body is the reason for his fame. – See how the rays seem not to shine to the left of the one below, and how he seems to walk as if alive! 5.4-9 – When they perceived that my body gave no way for the rays to pass through, they changed their song into an ‘Oh!’ long and hoarse ) 5.5-30) 7
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Dice game Quando si parte il gioco de la zara (6.1-9) • When the game of hazard breaks up, the one who has lost stays behind grieving, repeating the throws, and sadly learns; • With the winner all the people go off; this one goes in front, this one pesters him from behind, the one alongside begs to be remembered 8
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Quando si parte il gioco de la zara (6.1-9) The winner does not stop, but listens to this one and that one; those to whom he stretches out his hand press no more upon him, and thus he defends himself from the crowding. 9
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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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