Interpreting Dante: Essays On The Traditions Of Dante Commentary by Paola Nasti

Interpreting Dante: Essays On The Traditions Of Dante Commentary

EditorPaola Nasti, Claudia Rossignoli

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In Interpreting Dante: Essays on the Traditions of Dante Commentary, Paola Nasti and Claudia Rossignoli gather essays by prominent scholars of the Dante commentary tradition to discuss the significance of this tradition for the study of the Comedy, its broad impact on the history of ideas, and its contribution to the development of literary criticism.
 
Interest in the Dante commentary tradition has grown considerably in recent years, but projects on this subject tend to focus on philological reconstructions. The contributors shift attention to the interpretation of texts, authors, and reading communities by examining how Dante commentators developed interpretative paradigms that contributed to the advancement of literary criticism and the creation of the Western literary canon. Dante commentaries illustrate the evolution of notions of “literariness” and literature, genre and style, intertextuality and influence, literary histories, traditions and canons, authorship and readerships, paratexts and textual materiality. The volume includes methodological essays exploring theoretical aspects of the tradition, such as the creation of a taxonomy for categorizing typologies of commentaries; the relationship between commentators and their contemporary readers; the interplay between written and visual commentaries; and the impact of patronage on the forms of exegesis. Other essays, including two in Italian, examine case studies of individual commentaries, giving an account of the modus operandi of Dante’s exegetes by relating their approaches to the cultural, ideological, and political agendas of the community of readers and scholars to which the commentators belonged.
 
Contributors: Lucia Battaglia Ricci, Saverio Bellomo, Steven Botterill, Corrado Calenda, Massimiliano Chiamenti, Massimiliano Corrado, Simon Gilson, John Lindon, Andrea Mazzucchi, Paola Nasti, Spencer Pearce, Lino Pertile, Claudia Rossignoli, Claudia Tardelli, and Robert Wilson. 
 

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Paola Nasti is senior lecturer in Italian Studies at the University of Reading. Claudia Rossignoli is lecturer in Italian at the University of St. Andrews. Contributors: Lucia Battaglia Ricci, Saverio Bellomo, Steven Botterill, Corrado Calenda, Massimiliano Chiamenti, Massimiliano Corrado, Simon Gilson, John Lindon, Andrea Mazzucchi, P...

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Title:Interpreting Dante: Essays On The Traditions Of Dante CommentaryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:486 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:December 30, 2013Publisher:University Of Notre Dame PressLanguage:English

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“. . . editors Paola Nasti and Claudia Rossignoli have crafted a volume that offers broad coverage while focusing on two periods of particular vitality: the earliest commentaries of the fourteenth century, and the sixteenth-century commentaries, which recast Dante’s poem in the period of the Counter-Reformation. The meticulously researched and footnoted essays offer an entry point into the study not of Dante’s Commedia, but of the most important commentaries that have accompanied the poem.” —Renaissance Quarterly