Dante

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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, ...
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Overview

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
  • Helpful bibliographies include relevant web resources
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Editorial Reviews

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"A richly nuanced discussion that offers an excellent introduction to Dante and will be read with profit by anyone coming to the great poet for the first time. ... This is a useful and informative introduction to Dante, wide in its scope and accessible in its presentation." (Notes and Queries, December 2009)

"It is a book that can be read profitably from cover to cover, or it can be used as a resource for the reader who, for pedagogical or informational purposes, wants to pick and choose." (Speculum-A Journal of Medieval Studies, April 2009)

"All-in-one book covers everything … .Written in clean, accessible prose. Even Dante experts will enjoy Havely's refresher course. Vital in the library and classroom. Essential." (CHOICE, July 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631228523
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/14/2007
  • Series: Blackwell Guides to Literature Series , #11
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Havely has taught courses on Dante and on medieval literature for over thirty years at the University of York. His published work on Italian trecento poetry began with a volume of translations: Chaucer's Boccaccio: Sources for Troilus and the Knight's and Franklin's Tales (1980; reissued 1992) and includes Dante's Modern Afterlife: Reception and Response from Blake to Heaney (1998) and Dante and the Franciscans: Poverty and the Papacy in the 'Commedia' (2004). He has recently been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for his next project, which is a study entitled Dante in the English-Speaking World, from the Fourteenth Century to the Present.

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Table of Contents


List of Plates and Diagrams     ix
Acknowledgements     xi
Introduction: How to Use This Book     xiii
Abbreviations     xix
Chronology of Significant Events, C.1200-1321     xxi
Map: Dante's Italy, C.1300     xxvii
Landmarks of a Life     1
From the Baptistery to the Ponte Vecchio     3
Learning in Florence     9
From Florence to San Godenzo     14
Landscapes of Exile     25
Texts and Traditions     57
Books, Authors, Libraries, Media     59
Pagan Culture     67
The Bible     75
Faith Seeking Understanding: Christian Traditions of Thought before Dante     78
Saints, Contemplatives, Visionaries     85
History, Politics, Science     98
The Mother Tongue and the New Style     107
Reading Dante     127
Seeking Guidance     129
Writing the City     134
Confronting the Church     144
Imagining Sin and Sainthood     155
Understanding Love     177
The Shadow of the Argo: Travel, Poetics, Language     191
Postscript: Dante's Readers     211
Chronology ofSignificant Events in Dante's Afterlife, 1322-2006     213
Commentary, Criticism, Canonization     226
Picturing and Performing the Commedia     233
Controversy, Conflict, Crime     243
Purgatorio: Poetics and Politics     252
A Conversation about the Paradiso     258
Glossary of Literary Terms     264
Works Cited     267
Electronic Resources     281
Index     283
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