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Overview

Three essays introduce the three canticles of the Divine Comedy, while twelve explore the literary, intellectual and historical background to Dante's writings, his other works and his reception in the commentary tradition and in literature in English.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521605816
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 972,435
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Jacoff is Margaret Deffenbaugh and LeRoy Carlson Professor of Comparative Literature and Italian Studies at Wellesley College.

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Table of Contents

List of charts
List of contributors
Preface
Chronological table
1 Life of Dante 1
2 Dante and the lyric past 14
3 Approaching the Vita nuova 34
4 The unfinished author: Dante's rhetoric of authority in Convivio and De vulgari eloquentia 45
5 Dante and the empire 67
6 Dante and Florence 80
7 Dante and the classical poets 100
8 Dante and the Bible 120
9 The theology of Dante 136
10 A poetics of chaos and harmony 153
11 Introduction to Inferno 172
12 Introduction to Purgatorio 192
13 "Shadowy prefaces": an introduction to Paradiso 208
14 Dante and his commentators 226
15 Dante in English 237
Further reading 259
Index 261
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