Vertical Readings in Dante's Comedy: Volume 1 - cover image

Copyright

George Corbett; Heather Webb; Copyright of individual chapters is maintained by the chapter’s author.

Published On

2015-09-01

ISBN

Paperback978-1-78374-172-4
Hardback978-1-78374-173-1
PDF978-1-78374-174-8
HTML978-1-80064-492-2
XML978-1-78374-610-1
EPUB978-1-78374-175-5
MOBI978-1-78374-176-2

Language

  • English

Print Length

282 pages (viii + 274)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 15 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.6" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 17 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.69" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback900g (31.75oz)
Hardback1282g (45.22oz)

OCLC Number

934909520

LCCN

2019467886

BIC

  • DS
  • DSC

BISAC

  • LIT004200
  • POE019000
  • LIT011000

LCC

  • PQ4435

Keywords

  • Dante Alighieri
  • Commedia
  • Inferno
  • Purgatorio
  • Paradiso
  • Italian poetry
  • Italian literature
  • vertical readings
  • comparative
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Vertical Readings in Dante's Comedy

Volume 1

  • George Corbett (editor)
  • Heather Webb (editor)
This book is part of a 3-volume set. Other volumes in the set are:
Vertical Readings in Dante’s Comedy is a reappraisal of the poem by an international team of thirty-four scholars. Each vertical reading analyses three same-numbered cantos from the three canticles: Inferno i, Purgatorio i and Paradiso i; Inferno ii, Purgatorio ii and Paradiso ii; etc. Although scholars have suggested before that there are correspondences between same-numbered cantos that beg to be explored, this is the first time that the approach has been pursued in a systematic fashion across the poem.
This collection – to be issued in three volumes – offers an unprecedented repertoire of vertical readings for the whole poem. As the first volume exemplifies, vertical reading not only articulates unexamined connections between the three canticles but also unlocks engaging new ways to enter into core concerns of the poem. The three volumes thereby provide an indispensable resource for scholars, students and enthusiasts of Dante.

Reviews

While all the essays are well-considered and extraordinarily illuminating, the strength of the collection lies in the willingness of the contributing scholars to look for correspondences in the parallel cantos that they might not otherwise have noted. […] The results of this exploration have enormous implications for Dante Studies as we move into the new millennium.

Mary Watt

"George Corbett and Heather Webb, editors. Vertical Readings in Dante’s Comedy: Volume 1". Quaderni d’italianistica (2293-7382), vol. 37, no. 1, 2017. doi:10.33137/q.i..v37i1.28284

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Additional Resources

This volume has its origin in a series of thirty-three public lectures held in Trinity College, the University of Cambridge (2012-2016) which can be accessed at the ‘Cambridge Vertical Readings in Dante’s Comedy’ website.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Editions Followed and Abbreviations

Notes on the Contributors

Introduction by George Corbett and Heather Webb

1.i. Pagan Dawn of a Christian Vision by George Corbett

1.ii. Orientation by Heather Webb

2. Reading Time, Text and the World by Matthew Treherne

3. The Bliss and Abyss of Freedom: Hope, Personhood and Particularity by Vittorio Montemaggi

4. Virtuous Pagans, Hopeless Desire and Unjust Justice by John Marenbon

5. Massacre, Miserere and Martyrdom by Robin Kirkpatrick

6. Divided City, Slavish Italy, Universal Empire by Claire E. Honess

7. The Wheeling Sevens by Simon A. Gilson

8. Civitas and Love: Looking Backward from Paradiso viii by Brenda Deen Schildgen

9. ‘Without Any Violence’ by Zygmunt G. Barański

10. Humility and the (P)arts of Art by K P Clarke

11. The Art of Teaching and the Nature of Love by Paola Nasti

Bibliography

Index


Contributors

George Corbett

(editor)
Junior Research Fellow of Trinity College at University of Cambridge

Heather Webb

(editor)
University Lecturer in Medieval Italian Literature at University of Cambridge