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

Friday, October 6, 1995Friday, December 8, 1995
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Graduate Seminar

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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