Dante's Interpretive Journey / Edition 2

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Critically engaging the thought of Heidegger, Gadamer, and others, William Franke contributes both to the criticism of Dante's Divine Comedy and to the theory of interpretation.

Reading the poem through the lens of hermeneutical theory, Franke focuses particularly on Dante's address to the reader as the site of a disclosure of truth. The event of the poem for its reader becomes potentially an experience of truth both human and divine. While contemporary criticism has concentrated on the historical character of Dante's poem, often insisting on it as undermining the poem's claims to transcendence, Franke argues that precisely the poem's historicity forms the ground for its mediation of a religious revelation. Dante's dramatization, on an epic scale, of the act of interpretation itself participates in the self-manifestation of the Word in poetic form.

Dante's Interpretive Journey is an indispensable addition to the field of Dante studies and offers rich insights to for philosophy and theology as well.

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Klein (philosophy, U. of Northern Florida-Jacksonville) offers an analysis of modern-day feminism and a personal memoir of coming of age and coming to terms with feminism as it relates to university politics and teaching. She presents a critique of contemporary feminism, discussing feminist and nonfeminist philosophy, feminist nonphilosophy, and feminist epistemology and pedagogy. She exposes the dogmas and fallacies of feminism, and argues that feminism is oppressive to women. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226259987
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Series: Religion and Postmodernism Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Truth and interpretation in the Divine Comedy 1
1 Historicity of Truth 5
2 Truth through Interpretation and the Hermeneutic of Faith 14
3 Interpretive Ontology: Dante and Heidegger 23
Ch. 1 The Address to the Reader 37
1 The Ontological Import of the Address to the Reader 37
2 Reader's Address as Scene of the Production of Sense 51
3 Truth, Sendings, Being-Addressed: Deconstruction versus Hermeneutics or Dialogue with Derrida? 62
4 A Philological Debate: Auerbach and Spitzer 71
5 Petrarch, Boccaccio, and the Fiction of Philology 76
Ch. 2 Dante's Hermeneutic Rite of Passage: Inferno IX 82
1 Blockage 82
2 Passage 100
3 Ambiguities 109
4 Appendix: Hermeneutics, Phenomenology, and the Meaning of a Modern Understanding of Dante 113
Ch. 3 The Temporality of Conversion 119
1 Interpretation as Ontological Repetition and Dante's Fatedness 119
2 Ecstatic and Repetitive Temporality 128
3 Phenomenology of Fear/Anxiety in Inferno I 135
4 Dantesque Allegory and the Act of Understanding 144
Ch. 4 The Making of History 152
1 Relocating Truth: From Historical Sense to Reader's Historicity 152
2 Reality and Realism in Purgatorio X 171
3 Some History (and a Reopening) of the Question of the Truth of the Commedia 177
Ch. 5 Resurrected Tradition and Revealed Truth 191
1 Dante's Statius 191
2 Hermeneutics, Historicity, and Suprahistorical Truth 224
Recapitulatory Prospectus: A New Hermeneutic Horizon for Religious Revelation in Poetic Literature?
Core Bibliography of Recurrently Cited Sources 239
Index 243
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