Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Dante’s PersonsAn Ethics of the Transhuman$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Heather Webb

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198733485

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733485.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 05 April 2020

Gestural Persons

Gestural Persons

Chapter:
(p.34) 2 Gestural Persons
Source:
Dante’s Persons
Author(s):

Heather Webb

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733485.003.0002

In Ante-Purgatory, gestures take on a primary importance in opening dialogic relations between individuals and thus building the foundations upon which personhood can be properly reconstructed. By reference to cognitive literary theory, this chapter suggests ways in which the text presents description of gesture as juxtaposed with more abstract concepts in order to develop the reader’s sense of the personal presence of the character. The chapter works towards an excavation of Dante’s understanding of gesture as communicative of person, or the soul’s relation to other souls through the aerial body, by examination of some gestural encounters in Ante-Purgatory and their cultural contexts: Manfred’s revelation of his wounds and of his identity; Belacqua’s slow lift of his head; Buonconte da Montefeltro’s act of making his body into a cross; and the prayer gestures of the anonymous soul of Purgatorio 8.

Keywords:   gesture, prayer, Belacqua, Buonconte, Manfred, personhood, Mary, simulation, Ellen Spolsky, Vittorio Gallese

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .