Dante, Eros, and Kabbalah

Dante, Eros, and Kabbalah

by Mark Jay Mirsky
     
 

ISBN-10: 0815630271

ISBN-13: 9780815630272

Pub. Date: 02/28/2004

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

Did Dante Alighieri, author of The Divine Comedy, as a young man in Florence sleep with Beatrice Portinari before and after her marriage? Did the poet travel after her death through Hell to find her again? The clues to this academic detective story, writes Mark Jay Mirsky, lie not only in Dante's earlier poetry, The New Life, or in The Divine Comedy but in the Zohar…  See more details below

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Did Dante Alighieri, author of The Divine Comedy, as a young man in Florence sleep with Beatrice Portinari before and after her marriage? Did the poet travel after her death through Hell to find her again? The clues to this academic detective story, writes Mark Jay Mirsky, lie not only in Dante's earlier poetry, The New Life, or in The Divine Comedy but in the Zohar of Moses de Leon, a Jewish text written some years before and based on Neoplatonic ideas similar to those that inspired Dante.

Purgatorio and Paradiso, the second and third volumes of the Commedia, are inaccessible to most readers unfamiliar with the boldness of Dante's use of the philosophical debate in the Middle Ages. Does Dante's Commedia hint at his hope of intimacy with Beatrice in the Highest Heaven? In this book Mirsky distinctively traces the influence on Dante of Provencal poets, medieval theologians, Dante's personal life, and the sources of his classical education to propose a radical reading of Dante. The text compounds the riddles of dream, poetry, philosophy, and Dante's concealed autobiography in his work. It treats the Commedia in the spirit of its title, as a hopeful and comic vision of the other world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815630272
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Series:
Jewish Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Author's Note
1Dante in America1
2Heavenly Intercourse23
3Seduced by Beatrice?29
4Bewildered59
5Ocean77
6Dante and King David97
7Nude in Paradise109
8A Mother's Milk121
9Holy Number141
10Messiah on Earth165
11Dante in Exile189
12Rimbomba199
References221
Index227

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