By Nick Havely(auth.)
A complete consultant to Dante’s existence and literature, with an emphasis on his Commedia. this article seems to be on the affects that formed Dante’s writing, and the reception of his paintings by way of later readers, from the 14th century to the current.
- Introduces Dante via 4 major techniques: the context of his lifestyles and occupation; his literary and cultural traditions; key topics, episodes and passages in his personal paintings, in particular the Commedia; and the reception and appropriation of his paintings by way of later readers, from the fourteenth century to the current
- Written via knowledgeable Dante pupil
- Provides new translations of considerable passages from Dante’s poems and from the realm of his contemporaries
- Includes explanatory diagrams of Dante’s 'other-worlds', and a piece of illustrations via medieval and glossy artists
- Builds a shiny and intricate photograph of Dante's mind's eye, mind and literary presence
- Helpful bibliographies contain suitable net resources
Chapter 1 Landmarks of a existence (pages 1–56):
Chapter 2 Texts and Traditions (pages 57–125):
Chapter three analyzing Dante (pages 127–210):
Chapter four Postscript: Dante's Readers (pages 211–263):
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