Author Freccero, John, author
Title Essays. Selections
In Dante's wake : reading from medieval to modern in the Augustinian tradition / John Freccero ; edited by Danielle Callegari and Melissa Swain
Imprint New York : Fordham University Press, 2015
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Descript 1 online resource (204 pages) : illustrations
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Machine generated contents note: -- Table of Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Editors' introduction -- List of Figures -- Shipwreck in the Prologue -- The Portrait of Francesca: Inferno 5 -- Epitaph for Guido -- The Eternal Image of the Father -- Allegory and Autobiography -- In the Wake of the Argo on a Boundless Sea -- The Fig Tree and the Laurel -- Medusa and the Madonna of Forlì: Political Sexuality in Machiavelli -- Donne's Valediction: Forbidding Mourning -- Zeno's Last Cigarette -- Bibliography -- Index
"Waking to find himself shipwrecked on a strange shore before a dark wood, the pilgrim of the Divine Comedy realizes he must set his sights higher and guide his ship to a radically different port. Starting on the sand of that very shore with Dante, John Freccero begins retracing the famous voyage recounted by the poet nearly 700 years ago. Freccero follows pilgrim and poet through the Comedy and then beyond, inviting readers both uninitiated and accomplished to join him in navigating this complex medieval masterpiece and its influence on later literature. Perfectly impenetrable in its poetry and unabashedly ambitious in its content, the Divine Comedy is the cosmos collapsed on itself, heavy with dense matter and impossible to expand. Yet Dante's great triumph is seen in the tiny, subtle fragments that make up the seamless whole, pieces that the poet painstakingly sewed together to form a work that insinuates itself into the reader and inspires the work of the next author. Freccero magnifies the most infinitesimal elements of that intricate construction to identify self-similar parts, revealing the full breadth of the great poem. Using this same technique, Freccero then turns to later giants of literature- Petrarch, Machiavelli, Donne, Joyce, and Svevo-demonstrating how these authors absorbed these smallest parts and reproduced Dante in their own work. In the process, he confronts questions of faith, friendship, gender, politics, poetry, and sexuality, so that traveling with Freccero, the reader will both cross unknown territory and reimagine familiar faces, swimming always in Dante's wake"-- Provided by publisher
"In Dante's Wake presents a collection of essays from internationally renowned Dante scholar John Freccero. Penetrating first the Divine Comedy and then the powerful influence of Dante on those who followed him, Freccero's volume is an invaluable companion for any reader of Dante"-- Provided by publisher
Description based on print version record
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2016. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Freccero, John. In Dante's wake : reading from medieval to modern in the Augustinian tradition. New York : Fordham University Press, 2015 9780823264285
Subject Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321. Divina commedia
Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321 -- Criticism and interpretation
Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321 -- Influence
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Alt Author Callegari, Danielle, editor
Swain, Melissa, editor