La tentazione del «codico»: movenze trattatistiche negli epistolari di Felice Feliciano

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] The temptation of the "codico": treatise movements in Felice Feliciano's letters

Chiara Azzolini

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Abstract

Felice Feliciano's (1433-1479?) vernacular epistolary production is part of the Petrarchan tradition, in which the letter is marked by familiaritas and is intended to be circulated among the inner circle of friends. However, without ever betraying the confidential dimension of the epistolary communication, Feliciano's letters accommodate ways of formulating content that are typical of the treatise genre: the text thus tends to escape the contingency of composition and to assume a general value, above time. This essay proposes an analysis of the stylistic "movements" that testify to the author's treatise vocation, namely: the insistent use of quotations from classical texts; the dialogic tension that makes the epistolary prose a long-distance dissertation between the two interlocutors; the awareness that the author shows in admitting he was tempted by treatise writing.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] The temptation of the "codico": treatise movements in Felice Feliciano's letters
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationOltre i «termini» della lettera. Pratiche di dissertazione nelle corrispondenze tra Quattro e Cinquecento
EditorsM. Liguori, E. Olivadese
Pages41-58
Number of pages18
VolumeVI
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • 15th- and 16th-century treatise writing
  • Felice Feliciano
  • dialogo umanistico
  • epistole volgari
  • humanistic dialogue
  • lettere-trattato
  • letters-treaty
  • trattatistica quattro-cinquecentesca
  • vernacular epistles

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