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After Machiavelli

"Re-writing" and the "Hermeneutic Attitude"

by Barbara Godorecci

Publication Year: 2001

After Machiavelli is an examination of the triangular relationship of "re-writing"-a dynamic process encompassing both creative newness and awareness of historical profundity"-the "hermeneutic attitude:' and Machiavelli's poiesis. Specifically, it addresses four questions: First, to what degree can we speak of intersection (interaction) among this triad? Second, what common ground do all three actually share? Third, in what particular manner do the act of "re-writing" and the "hermeneutic attitude" manifest themselves in the writings of Niccoli Machiavelli? And last, what bearing does this have on the reader, heir to Machiavelli's literary legacy?

Published by: Purdue University Press

Series: Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Chapter One. Introduction

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pp. 1-8

Of the innumerable images adopted through the centuries as metaphors for the word text, I find the image of the palimpsest by far one of the happiest, for implied with the equation "text = palimpsest" lies a gamut of identities which, when taken together, give us a broader and more profound sense of that ...

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Chapter Two. Theoretical Approach

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pp. 9-32

The term re-writing, as it is here represented graphologically, is itself suggestive of temporal and creative processes. In its hyphenated form, it doubles for neither writing nor rewriting, yet curiously embraces the two: separating, while at the same time binding. Emphasized are both the creative newness proper ...

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Chapter Three. Machiavellie's Re-writing of Others

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pp. 33-102

It is clear, perhaps "piu chiara che la luce," that almost all of Niccolo Machiavelli's works, if not all of them, figure into the discussion on re-writing. Even in his most "original" works, those such as Il principe or the Mandragola, we can easily find "traces" of other texts, leading us to believe that, in a manner ...

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Chapter Four. Machiavelli's Re-writing of Himself: The Events at Sinigaglia

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pp. 103-120

We have so far touched upon four different manifestations of re-writing in the discussion of Machiavelli's Clizia, Andria, the Discorso o dialogo intorno alla nostra lingua, and Discorsi sopra la prima deca de Tito Livio. In each of these four instances Machiavelli chose to look outside of himself - to the ...

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Chapter Five. Machiavelli Re-written: The Prince and "the Modern Prince"

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pp. 121-138

The Prince and "the modern prince." Niccolo Machiavelli and Antonio Gramsci. What do these two "princes" have in common? In what way, and to what point can we view Gramsci's comments and observations in the Prison Notebooks (Quaderni del carcere) as a re-living of the experience in The Prince - "libro ...

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Chapter Six. Conclusion

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pp. 139-146

As we come to the close of our discussion we can say without reservation that our inquiry has indeed been guided by a specific purpose: that of understanding "re-writing" and "the hermeneutic attitude" as they relate to the Machiavellian text. It is also true, however, that my " purpose" gained character and ...


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pp. 147-200


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E-ISBN-13: 9781612491165
E-ISBN-10: 1612491162
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557532466
Print-ISBN-10: 155753246X

Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2001

Series Title: Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures