Graduate Seminar: Albert Russell Ascoli

Albert Russell Ascoli, currently teaching at the University of California, Berkeley
Albert Russell Ascoli, currently teaching at the University of California, Berkeley
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Graduate Seminar
Friday, October 6, 1995 to Friday, December 8, 1995

From ‘Auctor’ to ‘Author’: Dante and the Invention of Vernacular Authorship

Albert Russell Ascoli, Northwestern University

currently teaching at the University of California, Berkeley

This course explored Dante’s creation of an authoritative status for the vernacular language at a time when antiquity, nobility, ecclesiastical orders, and above all, Latinity were the prerequisites for intellectual and cultural auctoritas.  By fusing the prestige of Latin culture with the vitality and accessibility of the vernacular, Dante discovered a new figure, the “autore,” at a mid-point between the classical auctor and the early modern, personal “author.”

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