Reading Dante in Renaissance Italy: Florence, Venice and the 'Divine Poet'

Reading Dante in Renaissance Italy: Florence, Venice and the 'Divine Poet'

by Simon Gilson


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Simon Gilson's new volume provides the first in-depth account of the critical and editorial reception in Renaissance Italy, particularly Florence, Venice and Padua, of the work of Dante Alighieri (1265-1321). Gilson investigates a range of textual frameworks and related contexts that influenced the way in which Dante's work was produced and circulated, from editing and translation to commentaries, criticism and public lectures. In so doing he modifies the received notion that Dante and his work were eclipsed during the Renaissance. Central themes of investigation include the contestation of Dante's authority as a 'classic' writer and the various forms of attack and defence employed by his detractors and partisans. The book pays close attention not only to the Divine Comedy but also to the Convivio and other of Dante's writings, and explores the ways in which the reception of these works was affected by contemporary developments in philology, literary theory, philosophy, theology, science and printing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107196551
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/15/2018
Pages: 446
Product dimensions: 6.22(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

Simon Gilson is Agnelli-Serena Professor of Italian at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Magdalen College. He has published extensively on Dante, Dante's reception, and the literary and philosophical culture of the Italian Renaissance. He is the author of Dante and Renaissance Florence (Cambridge, 2005) and has edited numerous volumes on science and literature, heresy and mysticism, and vernacular Aristotelianism.

Table of Contents

Part I. Florentine Legacies and Venetian Initiatives, 1481-1540: 1. Reading and refashioning the Comedy, 1484-1536; 2. Dante's verse, the De vulgari eloquentia, and the Convivio: editions and critical estimates, 1490-1532; Part II. Dante and Florentine Academies, 1540-1595: 3. Dante and Florentine academies; 4. 'His greatest partisan': Giovan Battista Gelli as public reader of Dante; Part III. Venetian 'Dantes', 1544-96: 5. New print commentaries: the 'espositioni' of Alessandro Vellutello and Bernardino Daniello; 6. Dante and the polygraphs.

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