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2020

Centrality

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"Centro Del Cammin:" Centers And Centrality In The 'Commedia', J.C. Wiles Dec 2020

"Centro Del Cammin:" Centers And Centrality In The 'Commedia', J.C. Wiles

Bibliotheca Dantesca: Journal of Dante Studies

The thematization of centrality in Dante’s Commedia is evident even in its opening lines. Despite the evident richness of the theme throughout the poem, however, criticism has overwhelmingly preferred to discuss centrality in the Commedia in terms of numbers. This has led to a general critical concern less with centrality than with what one might call “middleness,” which has precluded any serious discussion of the two distinct concepts. In the Commedia, the state of middleness carries with it the double meaning of mezzo as both a middle and a tangible medium through which action takes place, while centro carries ...