Vertical Readings in Dante's Comedy: Volume 3 - cover image


George Corbett; Heather Webb; Copyright of each chapter is maintained by the author.

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  • English

Print Length

264 pages (xiv + 250)


Paperback156 x 14 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.56" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 16 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.63" x 9.21")


Paperback834g (29.42oz)
Hardback1215g (42.86oz)



OCLC Number





  • DS
  • DSC


  • LIT004200
  • POE019000
  • LIT011000


  • 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 3

  • 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 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.

The 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.


L’inchiesta miscellanea (frutto finale delle trentatré "public lectures” tenutesi tra il 2012 ed il 2016 all’università di Cambridge nel Regno Unito) chiude il cerchio iniziato con la pubblicazione dei precedenti due tomi, apparsi rispettivamente nel 2015 e nel 2016, e incentrati sulla lettura "verticale” della Commedia. […] Strumento imprescindibile e prezioso, Vertical Readings 3, assieme agli altri due volumi, si pone […] come tappa obbligata, proficua e stimolante per chi voglia addentrarsi, con efficaci supporti epistemologici, nel complesso e multiforme universo della poesia escatologica dantesca.

Olimpia Pelosi

"George Corbett and Heather Webb, eds. Vertical Readings in Dante’s Comedy. Volume 3". Annali d’Italianistica (0741-7527), vol. 38, 2020.

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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

Introduction by George Corbett and Heather Webb

23. Our Bodies, Our Selves: Crucified, Famished, and Nourished by Peter S. Hawkins

24. True Desire, True Being, and Truly Being a Poet by Janet Soskice

25. Changes by George Ferzoco

26. The Poetics of Trespassing by Elena Lombardi

27. Containers and Things Contained by Ronald L. Martinez

28. Cosmographic Cartography of the ‘Perfect’ Twenty-Eights by Theodore J. Cachey Jr.

29. Truth, Untruth and the Moment of Indwelling by John Took

30. Brooks, Melting Snow, River of Light by Piero Boitani

31. Beauty and the Beast by Catherine Pickstock

32. Particular Surprises: Faces, Cries and Transfiguration by David F. Ford

33 and 34. Ice, Fire and Holy Water by Rowan Williams


Index of Names


George Corbett

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

Heather Webb

Reader in Medieval Italian Literature and Culture at University of Cambridge