Dante's Two Beloveds: Ethics and Erotics in the

Dante's Two Beloveds: Ethics and Erotics in the "Divine Comedy"

by Olivia Holmes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300125429

ISBN-13: 9780300125429

Pub. Date: 11/11/2008

Publisher: Yale University Press

Re-examining key passages in Dante’s oeuvre in the light of the crucial issue of moral choice, this book provides a new thematic framework for interpreting the Divine Comedy. Olivia Holmes shows how Dante articulated the relationship between the human and the divine as an erotic choice between two attractive women—Beatrice and the “other

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Re-examining key passages in Dante’s oeuvre in the light of the crucial issue of moral choice, this book provides a new thematic framework for interpreting the Divine Comedy. Olivia Holmes shows how Dante articulated the relationship between the human and the divine as an erotic choice between two attractive women—Beatrice and the “other woman.”  Investigating the traditions and archetypes that contributed to the formation of Dante’s two beloveds, Holmes shows how Dante brilliantly overlaid and combined these paradigms in his poem.  In doing so he re-imagined the two women as not merely oppositional condensations of apparently conflicting cultural traditions but also complementary versions of the same. This visionary insight sheds new light on Dante’s corpus and on the essential paradox at the poem’s heart: the unabashed eroticism of Dante’s turn away from the earthly in favor of the divine.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300125429
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/11/2008
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1 Two Ways and Two Ladies 13

2 Wisdom and Folly; Lady Philosophy and the Sirens 35

3 Romance Narratives of Two Women 68

4 Ulysses at the Crossroads 99

5 Jerusalem and Babylon: Brides, Widows, and Whores 119

6 The "Little While": Departure and Return 157

Conclusion 194

Notes 201

Bibliography 245

Index 265

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