Blackwell Guides to Literature: Dante

Editor/Author Havely, Nick
Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Wiley

Single-User Purchase Price: $133.95
Unlimited-User Purchase Price: $200.92
ISBN: 978-0-631-22852-3
Category: Language & Literature - Literature
Image Count: 16
Book Status: Available
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A comprehensive guide to Dante's life and literature, with an emphasis on his Commedia. This text looks at the influences that shaped Dante's writing, and the reception of his work by later readers, from the 14th century to the present. Introduces Dante through four main approaches: the context of his life and career; his literary and cultural traditions; key themes, episodes and passages in his own work, especially the Commedia; and the reception and appropriation of his work by later readers, from the fourteenth century to the present Written by an expert Dante scholar. Provides new translations of substantial passages from Dante's poems and from the world of his contemporaries Includes explanatory diagrams of Dante's 'other-worlds', and a section of illustrations by medieval and modern artists. Builds a vivid and complex picture of Dante's imagination, intellect and literary presence.

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Table of Contents

  • List of Plates and Diagrams
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction: How to Use This Book
  • Abbreviations
  • Chronology of Signifi cant Events, c.1200-1321
  • Map: Dante’s Italy, c.1300
  • Landmarks of a Life
  • From the Baptistery to the Ponte Vecchio
  • Learning in Florence
  • From Florence to San Godenzo
  • Landscapes of Exile
  • Texts and Traditions
  • Books, Authors, Libraries, Media
  • Pagan Culture
  • The Bible
  • Faith seeking Understanding: Christian Traditions of Thought before Dante
  • Saints, Contemplatives, Visionaries
  • History, Politics, Science
  • The Mother Tongue and the New Style
  • Reading Dante
  • Seeking Guidance
  • Writing the City
  • Confronting the Church
  • Imagining Sin and Sainthood
  • Understanding Love
  • The Shadow of the Argo: Travel, Poetics, Language
  • Postscript: Dante’s Readers
  • Chronology of Significant Events in Dante’s Afterlife, 1322-2006
  • Commentary, Criticism, Canonization
  • Picturing and Performing the Commedia
  • Controversy, Conflict, Crime
  • Purgatorio: Poetics and Politics
  • A Conversation about the Paradiso
  • Glossary of Literary Terms
  • Works Cited
  • Electronic Resources