Dante and the Making of a Modern Author / Edition 1

Dante and the Making of a Modern Author / Edition 1

by Albert Russell Ascoli
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521882362

ISBN-13: 9780521882361

Pub. Date: 04/21/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Leading scholar Albert Russell Ascoli traces the metamorphosis of Dante Alighieri – minor Florentine aristocrat, political activist and exile, amateur philosopher and theologian, and daring experimental poet – into Dante, author of the Divine Comedy and perhaps the most self-consciously 'authoritative' cultural figure in the Western canon. The text

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Leading scholar Albert Russell Ascoli traces the metamorphosis of Dante Alighieri – minor Florentine aristocrat, political activist and exile, amateur philosopher and theologian, and daring experimental poet – into Dante, author of the Divine Comedy and perhaps the most self-consciously 'authoritative' cultural figure in the Western canon. The text offers a comprehensive introduction to Dante's evolving, transformative relationship to medieval ideas of authorship and authority from the early Vita Nuova through the unfinished treatises, The Banquet and On Vernacular Eloquence, to the works of his maturity, Monarchy and the Divine Comedy. Ascoli reveals how Dante anticipates modern notions of personalized, creative authorship and the phenomenon of 'Renaissance self-fashioning'. Unusually, the book examines Dante's career as a whole offering an important point of access not only to the Dantean oeuvre, but also to the history and theory of authorship in the larger Italian and European tradition.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521882361
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/21/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

1 The author in history 3

Pt. 1 An author in the works: Dante before the Commedia

2 Definitions: the vowels of authority 67

3 Language: "neminem ante nos" 130

4 Auto-commentary: dividing Dante 175

Pt. 2 Authority in person: Dante between Monarchia and the Commedia

5 "No judgment among equals": Dividing authority in Dante's Monarchia 229

6 Palinode and history 274

7 The author of the Commedia 301

Works consulted 406

Index of proper names and works cited 445

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