The Tragic and the Sublime in Medieval Literature

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Professor Boitani's latest book explores the areas of the tragic and the sublime in medieval literature by asking what medieval texts mean to modern readers. Boitani, who has written widely on medieval and comparative literature, studies tragic and sublime tensions in stories and scenes recounted by such major poets as Dante, Chaucer and Petrarch, as well as themes shared by writers and philosophers and traditional poetic images. The result is a learned, stimulating, and wide-ranging volume of studies in ...

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Overview

Professor Boitani's latest book explores the areas of the tragic and the sublime in medieval literature by asking what medieval texts mean to modern readers. Boitani, who has written widely on medieval and comparative literature, studies tragic and sublime tensions in stories and scenes recounted by such major poets as Dante, Chaucer and Petrarch, as well as themes shared by writers and philosophers and traditional poetic images. The result is a learned, stimulating, and wide-ranging volume of studies in comparative European literature, which takes into account poems written in English, Italian and other languages, and compares them with their classical and biblical ancestors as well as with their modern descendants.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780521131070
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/11/2010
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Note on the Texts; 1. 'The Old Man and the Earth': alterity and otherness of a medieval story; 2. Two versions of tragedy: Ugolino and Hugelyn; 3. 'O quike deth': love, melancholy, and the divided self; 4. Sunset, flowers and leaves: tradition and tragic images; 5. A spark of love: medieval recognitions; 6. I know the signs of the ancient flame: Dante's recognitions; 7. 'His desir wol fle withouten wynges': Mary and love in fourteenth-century poetry; 8. The Sibyl's leaves: reading Paradiso XXXIII; 9. 'L'acqua che ritorna equale': Dante's Sublime; Notes; Index.

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