The Undivine Comedy: Detheologizing Dante / Edition 1

The Undivine Comedy: Detheologizing Dante / Edition 1

by Teodolinda Barolini
     
 

Accepting Dante's prophetic truth claims on their own terms, Teodolinda Barolini proposes a "detheologized" reading as a global new approach to the Divine Comedy. Not aimed at excising theological concerns from Dante, this approach instead attempts to break out of the hermeneutic guidelines that Dante structured into his poem and that have resulted in theologized… See more details below

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Accepting Dante's prophetic truth claims on their own terms, Teodolinda Barolini proposes a "detheologized" reading as a global new approach to the Divine Comedy. Not aimed at excising theological concerns from Dante, this approach instead attempts to break out of the hermeneutic guidelines that Dante structured into his poem and that have resulted in theologized readings whose outcomes have been overdetermined by the poet. By detheologizing, the reader can emerge from this poet's hall of mirrors and discover the narrative techniques that enabled Dante to forge a true fiction. Foregrounding the formal exigencies that Dante masked as ideology, Barolini moves from the problems of beginning to those of closure, focusing always on the narrative journey. Her investigation--which treats such topics as the visionary and the poet, the One and the many, narrative and time--reveals some of the transgressive paths trodden by a master of mimesis, some of the ways in which Dante's poetic adventuring is indeed, according to his own lights, Ulyssean.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691015286
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/30/1992
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.01(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Editions and Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Detheologizing Dante: Realism, Reception, and the Resources of Narrative3
Ch. 2Infernal Incipits: The Poetics of the New21
Ch. 3Ulysses, Geryon, and the Aeronautics of Narrative Transition48
Ch. 4Narrative and Style in Lower Hell74
Ch. 5Purgatory as Paradigm: Traveling the New and Never-Before Traveled Path of This Life/Poem99
Ch. 6Re-presenting What God Presented: The Arachnean Art of the Terrace of Pride122
Ch. 7Nonfalse Errors and the True Dreams of the Evangelist143
Ch. 8Problems in Paradise: The Mimesis of Time and the Paradox of piu e meno166
Ch. 9The Heaven of the Sun as a Meditation on Narrative194
Ch. 10The Sacred Poem Is Forced to Jump: Closure and the Poetics of Enjambment218
Appendix: Transition: How Cantos Begin and End257
Notes267
Index349

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