Dante / Edition 1

Dante / Edition 1

by John Freccero, Rachel Jacoff
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674192265

ISBN-13: 9780674192263

Pub. Date: 12/12/1986

Publisher: Harvard University Press

John Freccero enables us to see the Divine Comedy for the bold, poetic experiment thatit is. Too many critics have domesticatedDante by separating his theology from hispoetics. Freccero argues that to fail to see theconvergence of the letter and the spirit, thepilgrim and the poet, is to fail to understandDante's poetics of conversion. For Dante,body and

Overview

John Freccero enables us to see the Divine Comedy for the bold, poetic experiment thatit is. Too many critics have domesticatedDante by separating his theology from hispoetics. Freccero argues that to fail to see theconvergence of the letter and the spirit, thepilgrim and the poet, is to fail to understandDante's poetics of conversion. For Dante,body and soul go together and there is nosalvation that's purely intellectual, no poetrythat is simply literary.

The essays that form this book were originally published between 1959 and 1984.They are arranged to follow the order of the Comedy, and they form the perfect companion for a reader of the poem. With these essays assembled for the first time, we can nowsee Freccero's stature: he is the best contemporary critic of Dante. Freccero is that rarearticle, a critic of eclectic and not dogmaticpersuasion. Throughout Freccero operateson the fundamental premise that there is al-ways an intricate and crucial dialectic at workbetween Dante the poet and Dante the pilgrim, and that it is this dialectic that makesthe work so profoundly dramatic, one of thegreat novels of the self.

Thanks to Freccero we readers have theComedy whole again. Freccero calls uponmedieval philosophy, cosmology, science,theology, and poetics to enable us to traverseDante's moral landscape without losing ourway in the confusions of minute exegeses. Ina secular age Freccero enables us to see thispoem as what it is, something wholly otherthan what we might believe or write. Indoing so he shows us the most that languagecan achieve in any age, secular or not.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674192263
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
12/12/1986
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction by Rachel Jacoff

1. The Prologue Scene

2. The Firm Foot on a Journey Without a Guide

3. The River of Death: Inferno II, 108

4. Pilgrim in a Gyre

5. Infernal Irony: The Gates of Hell

6. The Neutral Angels

7. Medusa: The Letter and the Spirit

8. Dante's Ulysses: From Epic to Novel

9. Bestial Sign and Bread of Angels: Inferno XXXII and XXXIII

10. The Sign of Satan

11. Infernal Inversion and Christian Conversion: Inferno
XXXIV

12. Casella's Song: Purgatorio II, 12

13. Manfred's Wounds and the Poetics of the Purgatorio

14. An Introduction to the Paradiso

15. The Dance of the Stars: Paradiso X

16. The Final Image: Paradiso XXXIII, 144

17. The Significance of Terza Rima

Notes

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