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What is the time of the lyric? For Augustine, the recitation of a hymn illustrates the workings of time in the human mind; for Giorgio Agamben, the poem itself exemplifies the structure of what he defines as ‘messianic time’. By focusing on Dante’s sonnet ‘Tanto gentile e tanto onesta pare’ and looking at the double act of the recitation of the poem and the re-citation of prior gestures, the temporality of both the single poem and lyric discourse will come into focus.
Keywords: lyric; retrospection; reading; transhistoricism; reenactment; reference; iterability; performance; time; Augustine; Giorgio Agamben; Dante; recitation
Title
Recitation
Subtitle
Lyric Time(s) I
Author(s)
Francesco Giusti
Identifier
Description
What is the time of the lyric? For Augustine, the recitation of a hymn illustrates the workings of time in the human mind; for Giorgio Agamben, the poem itself exemplifies the structure of what he defines as ‘messianic time’. By focusing on Dante’s sonnet ‘Tanto gentile e tanto onesta pare’ and looking at the double act of the recitation of the poem and the re-citation of prior gestures, the temporality of both the single poem and lyric discourse will come into focus.
Is Part Of
Re-
Place
Berlin
Publisher
ICI Berlin Press
Date
2019
Subject
lyric
retrospection
reading
transhistoricism
reenactment
reference
iterability
performance
time
Augustine
Giorgio Agamben
Dante
recitation
Rights
© by the author(s)
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Language
en-GB
short title
Recitation
page start
35
page end
47
Source
Re-: An Errant Glossary, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Arnd Wedemeyer, Cultural Inquiry, 15 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2019), pp. 35–47

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Cite as: Francesco Giusti, ‘Recitation: Lyric Time(s) I’, in Re-: An Errant Glossary, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Arnd Wedemeyer, Cultural Inquiry, 15 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2019), pp. 35-47 <https://doi.org/10.25620/ci-15_05>