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Reading Dante in Renaissance Italy

Florence, Venice and the 'Divine Poet'



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Simon Gilson's new volume provides the first in-depth account of the critical and editorial reception in Renaissance Italy, particularly Florence, Venice and Padua, of the work of Dante Alighieri (1265-1321). Gilson investigates a range of textual frameworks and related contexts that influenced the way in which Dante's work was produced and circulated, from editing and translation to commentaries, criticism and public lectures. In so doing he modifies the received notion that Dante and his work were eclipsed during the Renaissance. Central themes of investigation include the contestation of Dante's authority as a 'classic' writer and the various forms of attack and defence employed by his detractors and partisans. The book pays close attention not only to the Divine Comedy but also to the Convivio and other of Dante's writings, and explores the ways in which the reception of these works was affected by contemporary developments in philology, literary theory, philosophy, theology, science and printing.

Product code: 9781107196551

ISBN 9781107196551
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H235xW158xS26
No. Of Pages 446
Publisher Cambridge University Press
The first comprehensive account of the critical and editorial reception in Renaissance Italy of the work of Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), investigating a range of responses to his work. The book covers significant topics including arguments surrounding Dante's authority as a 'classic' poet, and contemporary developments in philology, theology, science and printing.