Dante's Inferno: The Indiana Critical Edition / Edition 1

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This new critical edition, including Mark Musa’s classic translation, provides students with a clear, readable verse translation accompanied by ten innovative interpretations of Dante’s masterpiece.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

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Musa (Italian, Indiana Univ.), who is noted for his translation of Dante's Vita Nuova, adds to the body of contemporary versions of the Inferno. Musa's verse translation is accurate but flattens Dante's poetry and diction; the translations of Ciardi, Mandelbaum, and, more recently, Robert Pinsky (LJ 11/1/93) are more satisfying as poetry. Furthermore, Musa's version does not include the original Italian. Of greater value are the author's detailed textual notes, bibliography of recent work on the Inferno, and collection of critical essays by the leading Dante scholars: Lawrence Baldassaro, Guy Raffa, Denise Heilbronn-Gaines, Amilcare Inannucci, Christopher Kleinhenz, Robert Hollander, Ricardo Quinones, Joan Ferrante, and John Welle. A convenient and accessible edition for academic collections.T.L. Cooksey, Armstrong State Coll., Savannah, Ga.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253209306
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1995
  • Series: Indiana Masterpiece Editions Series
  • Edition description: The Indiana Critical Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 636,930
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Table of Contents

The Inferno 3
Critical Essays
Read It and (Don't) Weep: Textual Irony in the Inferno 253
Dante's Beloved Yet Damned Virgil 266
Inferno I: Breaking the Silence 286
Dante's Inferno, Canto IV 299
Behold Francesca Who Speaks So Well (Inferno V) 310
Iconographic Parody in Inferno XXI 325
Virgil and Dante as Mind-Readers (Inferno XXI and XXIII) 340
The Plot-Line of Myth in Dante's Inferno 353
Hell as the Mirror Image of Paradise 367
Dante in the Cinematic Mode: An Historical Survey of Dante Movies 381
Selected Bibliography: Inferno 397
Contributors 399
Index 401
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  • Posted January 31, 2011

    Recommended-Good Read

    I would compare Mark Musa's Dante's Inferno to Edith's Hamilton's Greek Mythology book.They both are based off of alot of authors and other texts complied into their translation,Mark Musa also includes his notes which really helps with the understanding of historical figures and the reading. Dante's Inferno is about a poet/pilgrim decendent into Hell along with his mentor Virgil,a poet sent to guide him along the way and explain to him while Hell is the way it is.Dante the pilgrim learns about the sins that people did to end up in Hell and what he can do not to end up in Hell.He meets historical figures,people who have helped America and great heros like Achilles.They explain their life and what caused them to be in their spot in Hell.In Hell there are nine circles,the circles get worst the lower he goes based on sins.They also give him their name because it is believed that,while their physcial body is no longer living their soul is,and if they are forgotten their soul will no longer exist.I saw Dante's Inferno as literature as poetry,and it names alot of historical figures.It uses alot of poetic devices,such as similes and rhetorical questions.The similes help with showing the reader how a person looks or feels and the rhetorical questions help to show Dante's learning.Dante's Inferno is a great book and the text it is written in. The Imagery of Dante's Inferno was graphic and very detailed."They sanked their teeth into that poor wretch who hid,they ripped him open piece by piece,and then ran off with his wretched limbs." pg 105.Describes how dogs tore apart a soul trying to escape the circle of Hell he was in.Thoughout the book the imagery is very thorough and you can see what is happening and where they are. The text Dante's Inferno is told in is poetic and interesting."This is he,This is Dis; this is the place that calls for all the courage you have in you."pg.243.Virgil says when Dante is at the greatest point in the book.This is a great way to tell the book was told in a poetic way.Dante's Inferno is a great way to show how a book can refer to references and be so diverse."..So these two left the flock where Dido is.."pg.50.Again Dante's Inferno talks about alot of historical figures,and is diverse with the way it approaches the historical figures.Dante's Inferno is a great book and I only recommend it to people who understand poetry and literature.

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  • Posted July 7, 2014

    Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....! 

    Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....! 

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