Vernacular poetry is generally evaluated according to culturally specific aesthetic standards, what anthropologists call ethnopoetics. This article offers embodied entexualization—the culturally specific ways bodies are incorporated into as well as produce texts—as a means for analyzing how ethnopoetic systems reflect social and political histories and contexts. The poetry of the northern Italian town of Bergamo, and specifically a poem by a locally celebrated poet, Piero Frér, provides an illustrative case.
The Blacksmith’s Feet: Embodied Entextualization in Northern Italian Vernacular Poetry
Jillian R. Cavanaugh is Leonard and Claire Tow Research Professor at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is a linguistic anthropologist whose research centers on language, food, value, and the construction of meaning.
Jillian R. Cavanaugh; The Blacksmith’s Feet: Embodied Entextualization in Northern Italian Vernacular Poetry. Representations 1 February 2017; 137 (1): 68–87. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2017.137.1.68
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