Vertical Readings in Dante's Comedy: Volume 2 - cover image


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

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  • English

Print Length

304 pages (xiv + 290)


Paperback156 x 16 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.64" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 19 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.75" x 9.21")


Paperback954g (33.65oz)
Hardback1338g (47.20oz)



OCLC Number





  • DS
  • DSC


  • LIT004200
  • LIT011000
  • POE019000


  • PQ4302


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

Volume 2

  • 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.


There are many fine monographs from 2016, but one work that stands out for its comprehensiveness and boldness is the second volume of "vertical readings” of Dante’s Comedy. […] Its innovative approach to understanding the whole of Dante’s Comedy encourages readers to take stock of the intentio operis and autoris, to begin to consider how, as the Letter to Cangrande has it, "the purpose of the whole and the part could be multiple that is both remote and proximate”

Anthony Nussmeier

"Due and Trecento I (Dante)". The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies (0084-4152), vol. 78, no. 1, 2018. doi:10.1163/22224297-07801019

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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


Editions Followed and Abbreviations

Notes on the Contributors


George Corbett and Heather Webb

12. Centaurs, Spiders and Saints

Christian Moevs

13. ‘Would you Adam and Eve it?’

Robert Wilson

14. The Patterning of History: Poetry, Politics and Adamic Renewal

Catherine M. Keen

15. Dante’s Fatherlands

Simone Marchesi

16. Politics of Desire

Manuele Gragnolati

17. Seductive Lies, Unpalatable Truths, Alter Egos

Tristan Kay

18. Women, War and Wisdom

Anne C. Leone

19. Inside Out

Ambrogio Camozzi Pistoja

20. Prediction, Prophecy and Predestination: Eternalising Poetry in the Commedia

Claudia Rossignoli

21. God’s Beloved: From Pitch, Through Script, to Writ

Corinna Salvadori Lonergan

22. Truth, Autobiography and the Poetry of Salvation

Giuseppe Ledda


Index of Names


George Corbett

Lecturer in Theology, Imagination and the Arts in the School of Divinity at University of St Andrews

Heather Webb

University Lecturer in Italian at University of Cambridge