Dante and Renaissance Florence

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 13, 2005 - Art - 324 pages
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Simon Gilson explores Dante's reception in his native Florence between 1350 and 1481. He traces the development of Florentine civic culture and the interconnections between Dante's principal 'Florentine' readers, from Giovanni Boccaccio to Cristoforo Landino, and explains how and why both supporters and opponents of Dante exploited his legacy for a variety of ideological, linguistic, cultural and political purposes. The book focuses on a variety of texts, both Latin and vernacular, in which reference was made to Dante, from commentaries to poetry, from literary lives to letters, from histories to dialogues. Gilson pays particular attention to Dante's influence on major authors such as Boccaccio and Petrarch, on Italian humanism, and on civic identity and popular culture in Florence. Ranging across literature, philosophy and art, across languages and across social groups, this study fully illuminates for the first time Dante's central place in Italian Renaissance culture and thought.
 

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Contents

Boccaccio and Petrarch
21
Florentine humanism and vernacular culture perspectives on Dante 13751430
54
New directions and the rise of the vernacular 14301481
95
Dante as a civic and linguistic model 14301441
97
Dante and Florentine vernacular humanism critical judgements and literary experiments
132
Cristoforo Landino and his Comento sopra la Comedia 1481
161
Cristoforo Landino on Dante and Florence the prologue to the Comento
163
Tradition and innovation in Cristoforo Landinos Comento platonism natural science and classicism
194
Conclusion
231
Notes
239
Select bibliography
285
Index
309
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Simon Gilson is Senior Lecturer in Italian at the University of Warwick.

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