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The Cambridge Companion to Dante's ‘Commedia'

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Zygmunt G. Barański, Simon Gilson, Lino Pertile, Giuseppe Ledda, Laurence E. Hooper, George Corbett, Theodore J. Cachey, Jr, Mirko Tavoni, James C. Kriesel, Simone Marchesi, Tristan Kay, Paola Nasti, Simon Gilson, Claire E. Honess, Prue Shaw, Anna Pegoretti, Fabio Camilletti
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  • Date Published: May 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108431705

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  • This newly commissioned volume presents a focused overview of Dante's masterpiece, the Commedia, offering readers of today wide-ranging insights into the poem and its core features. Leading scholars discuss matters of structure, narrative, language and style, characterization, doctrine, and politics, in chapters that make their own contributions to Dante criticism by raising problems and questions that call for renewed attention, while investigating contextual concerns as well as the current state of criticism about the poem. The Commedia is also placed in a variety of cultural and historical contexts through accounts of the poem's transmission and reception that explore both its contemporary influence and its continuing legacy today. With its accessible approach, its unstinting focus on the poem and its attention to matters that have not always received adequate critical assessment, this volume will be of value to all students and scholars of Dante's great poem.

    • Provides a wide ranging and accessible overview of Dante's Commedia, investigating the poem's literary features and its cultural and historical contexts
    • Explores the reception of the poem from its first publication to its influence today
    • Presents strong focus on the poem itself, in order for readers to gain appreciation of the multiple facets of the Commedia's narrative
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    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108431705
    • length: 326 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Zygmunt G. Barański and Simon Gilson
    1. Narrative structure Lino Pertile
    2. Dante Alighieri, Dante-poet, Dante-character Giuseppe Ledda
    3. Characterization Laurence E. Hooper
    4. Moral structure George Corbett
    5. Title, genre, metaliterary aspects Theodore J. Cachey, Jr
    6. Language and style Mirko Tavoni
    7. Allegories of the corpus James C. Kriesel
    8. Classical culture Simone Marchesi
    9. Vernacular literature and culture Tristan Kay
    10. Religious culture Paola Nasti
    11. Doctrine Simon Gilson
    12. Politics Claire E. Honess
    13. Genesis, dating, and Dante's 'other works' Zygmunt G. Barański
    14. Transmission history Prue Shaw
    15. Early reception until 1481 Anna Pegoretti
    16. Later reception from 1481 to the present Fabio Camilletti.

  • Editors

    Zygmunt G. Barański, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
    Zygmunt Guido Barański is Serena Professor of Italian Emeritus at the University of Cambridge and Notre Dame Chair of Dante and Italian Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Among his publications are 'Sole nuovo luce nuova'. Saggi sul rinnovamento culturale in Dante (1996), Dante e i segni (2000), 'Chiosar con altro testo'. Leggere Dante nel Trecento (2001) and with Lino Pertile Dante in Context (Cambridge, 2015).

    Simon Gilson, University of Oxford
    Simon Gilson is Agnelli-Serena Professor of Italian at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Magdalen College. He is the author of Dante and Renaissance Florence (Cambridge, 2005) and Reading Dante in Renaissance Italy: Florence, Venice and the 'Divine Poet' (Cambridge, 2018).

    Contributors

    Zygmunt G. Barański, Simon Gilson, Lino Pertile, Giuseppe Ledda, Laurence E. Hooper, George Corbett, Theodore J. Cachey, Jr, Mirko Tavoni, James C. Kriesel, Simone Marchesi, Tristan Kay, Paola Nasti, Simon Gilson, Claire E. Honess, Prue Shaw, Anna Pegoretti, Fabio Camilletti

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