Le macchie lunari e la questione femminile

Autore: Raffaele Pinto
In: Critica del testo. XIX/1,2016
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The article moves from the interpretation of the gure Jean de Meun reads in the shadows on the moon, which is related to his averroism and misoginism, according to which the feminine matter is opposed to the masculin and has to be subjugated by it. In Convivio Dante agrees with such vision, and links lunar shadows with linguistic change, as an expression of the natural and feminine component of language. In the Comedy, Dante reconsiders the issue from a neoplatonic and tomistic perspective, celebrating the feminine as a necessary counterpart to the masculin in the order of the universe.