Foundation Sacrifice in Dantes "Commedia"

Paperback | August 26, 2008

byRicardo J. Quinones

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Foundation Sacrifice in Dante's "Commedia" is the first book to take an anthropological approach to the Divine Comedy, applying it to a previously unexplored dimension of Dante's great poem. Ricardo Quinones examines foundation sacrifice—the death of another that has become a parable for existence—as a unifying theme that connects the three parts of the poem. In the process, Quinones gives new life to the Purgatorio, treating it not only as a sequel but actually as a dramatic response—in revealing detail—to the Inferno. His motif allows him to reintegrate the Paradiso into the poem as a whole, thus restoring it as a poetic event to critical appreciation.

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Foundation Sacrifice in Dante's "Commedia" is the first book to take an anthropological approach to the Divine Comedy, applying it to a previously unexplored dimension of Dante's great poem. Ricardo Quinones examines foundation sacrifice—the death of another that has become a parable for existence—as a unifying theme that connects the ...

Ricardo J. Quinones is Director of the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies and Josephine Olp Weeks Professor of Comparative Literature at Claremont McKenna College. He is the author of several books, most recently The Changes of Cain (1991).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:150 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.35 inPublished:August 26, 2008Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271028033

ISBN - 13:9780271028033

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“Ricardo Quinones has written an engaging, provocative, and insightful study of the role of foundation sacrifice in Dante's Divine Comedy. Indeed, this act or event functions as a leitmotif and joins the three canticles of Dante's poem together in a comparative/contrastive relationship that is spectacular, dynamic, dramatic, and informative. This important dimension of the poem is perhaps one of the very few that has not yet been studied in any systematic and inclusive manner. Quinones provides us with a rich and valuable reading that allows us to grasp the wonderful web of allusions and references that Dante has woven into his textual fabric. We are impressed by the aptness of Quinones's commentary, by his excellent, finely tuned critical sensitivity to the text, and by the magisterial ease with which he moves from topic to topic, never losing sight of the goal.”—Christopher Kleinhenz, University of Wisconsin