The Cambridge Companion to Dante

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 29, 1993 - Literary Criticism - 270 pages
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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Contents

Life of Dante
1
Dante and the lyric past
14
Approaching the Vita nuova
34
The unfinished author Dantes rhetoric of authority in Convivio and De vulgari eloquentia
45
Dante and the empire
67
Dante and Florence
80
Dante and the classical poets
100
Dante and the Bible
120
A poetics of chaos and harmony
153
Introduction to Inferno
172
Introduction to Purgatorio
192
Shadowy prefaces an introduction to Paradiso
208
Dante and his commentators
226
Dante in English
237
Further reading
259
Index
261

The theology of Dante
136

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About the author (1993)

Rachel Jacoff is Professor of Italian at Wellesley College.

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