Dante and Governance

Hardcover | September 1, 1997

EditorJohn Woodhouse

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ante and Governance brings to the most grandiose of Dante's messages in the ivine Comedy critical viewpoints whose originality would, at any time, constitute an important addition to Dante scholarship, but the book is also notable for an approach which during the course of its compositionspontaneously evolved as pragmatic and historical, particularly when seen against much contemporary Dante cricism. It explores Dante's breathtaking ambition to convince Europe's rulers and their subjects to create and embrace a universal peace, guaranteed by Pope and Holy Roman Emperor, which mightafford serenity for mankind fully to develop its wonderful potentialities. In that context, a group of scholars, internationally known for their expertise not only in Dante studies but also in medieval literature and history, was invited to Oxford to discuss the poet's objectives. Each chose toargue a case from a close reading of Dante's own texts, using clear and jargon-free lamguage. Those deliberations created a well-focused and coherent group of papers on a variety of subjects, ranging from an aesthetic appreciation of Dante's depiction of free-will and moral responsibility, to afeminist perception of his attitude to the role of women in fourteenth-century Florentine public life.

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ante and Governance brings to the most grandiose of Dante's messages in the ivine Comedy critical viewpoints whose originality would, at any time, constitute an important addition to Dante scholarship, but the book is also notable for an approach which during the course of its compositionspontaneously evolved as pragmatic and historica...

John Woodhouse is at University of Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:September 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198159110

ISBN - 13:9780198159117

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PrefaceBibliographical Note1. John Woodhouse: Dante and Governance: Context and Contents2. Piero Boitani: From Darkness to Light: Governance and Government in Purgatorio XVI3. Peter Armour: Dante and Popular Sovereignty4. George Holmes: Monarchia and Dante's Attitude to the Popes5. Richard Cooper: The French Dimension in Dante's Politics6. Valerio Lucchesi: Politics and Theology in Inferno X7. Claire Honess: Feminine Virtues and Florentine Vices: Citizenship and Morality in Paradiso XV-XVII8. Martin McLaughlin: The Rock and the Vine: Pier della Vigna, Dante and the Imagery of Empire9. John Took: Diligite iustitiam qui iudicatis terram: Justice and the Just Ruler in Dante10. Peter Hainsworth: Dante's Farewell to PoliticsList of ContributorsIndex

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`Its essays are highly individual in content and approach, some attacking controversial topics, and they offer accounts of widely differing aspects of 'governance'. The collection's multiple interpretations of this theme, and Dante's thinking, make for a thought-provoking volume'Catherine Keen, Italian Studies, vol 54, 1999