The following essay analyses the figure of the ‘femmina balba’ that breaks into the oneiric drift of the nineteenth canto of Dante’s Purgatorio; and reflects on the relationship between this figure and its hypothetical model, the pseudo-Ovidian poem known as De Vetula. In both texts there is an attempt to ‘rewrite’ Ovid in the light of an adaptation of the metamorphosis to the ideology of the Christian context and an identification of auctor and agens inserted in a path of purification. The ‘femmina balba’ thus becomes the poetic occasion to start a poetic challenge with Ovid and establish the superiority of Dante, a ‘modern’ and Christian poet, in the matter of metamorphosis.

La vetula e la 'balba': l'agone della metamorfosi tra Dante e la traditio ovidiana

Paolo Pizzimento
2018

Abstract

The following essay analyses the figure of the ‘femmina balba’ that breaks into the oneiric drift of the nineteenth canto of Dante’s Purgatorio; and reflects on the relationship between this figure and its hypothetical model, the pseudo-Ovidian poem known as De Vetula. In both texts there is an attempt to ‘rewrite’ Ovid in the light of an adaptation of the metamorphosis to the ideology of the Christian context and an identification of auctor and agens inserted in a path of purification. The ‘femmina balba’ thus becomes the poetic occasion to start a poetic challenge with Ovid and establish the superiority of Dante, a ‘modern’ and Christian poet, in the matter of metamorphosis.
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