The Cambridge Companion to Dante
This book provides an introduction to Dante that is at once accessible and challenging. Fifteen specially-commissioned essays by distinguished scholars provide background information and up-to-date critical perspectives on Dante's life and work, focusing on areas of central importance. Three essays introduce the three canticles of the Divine Comedy, and others explore the literary, intellectual and historical background to Dante's writings, his other works and his reception in the commentary tradition and in literature in English. The book also includes a chronological table and suggestions for further reading.
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Life of Dante
Dante and the lyric past
Approaching the Vita nuova
The unfinished author Dantes rhetoric of authority in Convivio and De vulgari eloquentia
Dante and the empire
Dante and Florence
Dante and the classical poets
Dante and the Bible
The theology of Dante
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