Dante: The Divine Comedy

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 19, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 118 pages
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In this accessible critical introduction to Dante's Divine Comedy Robin Kirkpatrick principally focuses on Dante as a poet and storyteller. He addresses important questions such as Dante's attitude towards Virgil, and demonstrates how an early work such as the Vita nuova is a principal source of the literary achievement of the Comedy. His detailed reading reveals how the great narrative poem explores the relationship that Dante believed to exist between God as creator of the universe and the human being as a creature of God.
 

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Contents

Approaches to The Divine Comedy
1
Change vision and language the early works and Inferno Canto Two
21
The Divine Comedy
55
The Inferno
57
The Purgatorio
78
The Paradiso
94
After Dante
110
Guide to further reading
115
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Robin Kirkpatrick, a poet and widely published Dante scholar, is a fellow of Robinson College and a professor of Italian and English at Cambridge University.

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