Sweeping Emblematics


  • Daniele Borgogni Università degli studi di Torino



Parole chiave:

Emblems and Devices, Hermeneutics, Representation, Entextualization, Projection and Mobility


The article valorizes Renaissance emblematics as an inherently tensional form, steeped in interchange and transition. Movement was not only a thematized topic in emblematic compositions, it was their basic textual strategy to activate meanings and foster interpretation, explore the possibilities and scopes of new forms of communication, and pave the way for a participatory readership. Emblematics was in fact conceived as a brand-new and transdisciplinary textual mode, a mongrel form whose complex interplay of signs favored multiplied discursive models thanks to the constant relay between visual and verbal elements, forcibly made to cohabit the same representational space. Unsurprisingly, these innovative features were soon co-opted and channeled into manipulative practices functional to interpellating and “re-creating” readers, thereby contributing to transform this luxuriant form into a static site of coherence and symbolical expression. The article, on the contrary, reassesses the importance of emblematics as a multifaceted construct which requires a similarly multifaceted theoretical perspective approaching it as a wide-ranging cultural construct, a textual space which ushered in an idea of communication as projective and dislocating, which deployed idiosyncratic meaning procedures and set new hermeneutic parameters, which triggered an incessant mobility in the reading experience, which was teeming with cognitive potentials and ideological bearings.

Biografia autore

Daniele Borgogni, Università degli studi di Torino

Daniele Borgogni insegna Lingua e Traduzione Inglese presso l’Università degli Studi di Torino. Ha pubblicato diversi contributi in riviste specializzate e in volumi su letteratura inglese della prima modernità e del Modernismo, emblematica rinascimentale, teoria e pratica della traduzione, stilistica, linguistica cognitiva. Tra i suoi volumi, la prima edizione critica italiana di Paradise Regained di John Milton (2007); la cura di 1Enrico VI, 2Enrico VI, 3Enrico VI e Cimbelino per la recente edizione italiana delle opere complete di William Shakespeare (Bompiani 2014-19), la cura di volumi collettanei sul discorso letterario e religioso nell’Europa della prima modernità, sulle forme brevi, sulla transdisciplinarità.




Come citare

Borgogni, D. (2024). Sweeping Emblematics. Elephant & Castle, (32), 23–36. https://doi.org/10.62336/unibg.eac.32.515