Dantes British Public: Readers and Texts, from the Fourteenth Century to the Present

Hardcover | August 24, 2014

byNick Havely

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This is the first account of Dante's reception in English to address full chronological span of that process. Individual authors and periods have been studied before, but Dante's British Public takes a wider and longer view, using a selection of vivid and detailed case studies to record andplace in context some of the wider conversations about and appropriations of Dante that developed in Britain across more than six centuries, as access to his work extended and diversified. Much of the evidence is based on previously unpublished material in (for example) letters, journals,annotations and inventories and is drawn from archives in the UK and across the world, from Milan to Mumbai and from Berlin to Cape Town. Throughout, the role of Anglo-Italian cultural contacts and intermediaries in shaping the public understanding of Dante in Britain is given prominence - from clerics and merchants around Chaucer's time, through itinerant scholars, collectors and tourists in the early modern period, to the exiles andexpatriates of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The final chapter brings the story up to the present, showing how the poet's work has been seen (from the fourteenth century onwards) as accessible to "the many", and demonstrating some of the means by which Dante has reached a yet wider Britishpublic over the past century, particularly through translation, illustration, and various forms of performance.

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This is the first account of Dante's reception in English to address full chronological span of that process. Individual authors and periods have been studied before, but Dante's British Public takes a wider and longer view, using a selection of vivid and detailed case studies to record andplace in context some of the wider conversatio...

Nick Havely is Emeritus Professor of English and Related Literature at the University of York, where he taught courses on Dante and medieval literature for over thirty years. His main research interests have been in Anglo-Italian contacts from the Middle Ages onwards, and his publications include Dante's Modern Afterlife (1998), Dante...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:August 24, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPrologue: A Wandering Comedy1. Around Chaucer: Clerics, Comedy, and Monarchy2. The 'Goodly Maker': Conscripting Dante in Henrician England3. 'The Hungry Sheep': Protestant and Catholic Readings, 1556-16374. 'Few can understand him': Reputation, Ownership, Reading, c. 1600 - c. 18005. Expatriate Poetics: Foscolo and the British Public6. Seeing the Seer: Victorian Visions7. Dominions, Possessions, Dispersals: British Dantes Abroad, c. 1820 - 18828. Widening Circles, 1320-2013Appendix 1: Chronology, c. 1320-2013Appendix 2: New/ Old Dantes, c. 1600 - c. 1700Bibliography