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In Dante's Wake: Reading from Medieval to Modern in the Augustinian Tradition

John Freccero, Danielle Callegari, and Melissa Swain

Abstract

Waking to find himself shipwrecked on an strange shore before a dark wood, the pilgrim of the Divine Comedy realizes he must set his sights higher and guide his ship to a radically different port. Starting on the sand of that very shore with Dante, this book begins retracing the famous voyage recounted by the poet nearly seven hundred years ago. The text follows pilgrim and poet through the Comedy and then beyond, inviting readers both uninitiated and accomplished to join in navigating this complex medieval masterpiece and its influence on later literature. Perfectly impenetrable in its poetry ... More

Keywords: Divine Comedy, Dante, poem, faith, friendship, gender, politics, poetry, sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780823264278
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823264278.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Freccero, author
New York University

Danielle Callegari, editor

Melissa Swain, editor

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Shipwreck in the Prologue

John Freccero, Danielle Callegari, and Melissa Swain

The Portrait of Francesca

John Freccero, Danielle Callegari, and Melissa Swain

Epitaph for Guido

John Freccero, Danielle Callegari, and Melissa Swain

The Eternal Image of the Father

John Freccero, Danielle Callegari, and Melissa Swain

Allegory and Autobiography

John Freccero, Danielle Callegari, and Melissa Swain

In the Wake of the Argo on a Boundless Sea

John Freccero, Danielle Callegari, and Melissa Swain

The Fig Tree and the Laurel

John Freccero, Danielle Callegari, and Melissa Swain

Medusa and the Madonna of Forlì

John Freccero, Danielle Callegari, and Melissa Swain

Donne’s “Valediction

John Freccero, Danielle Callegari, and Melissa Swain

Zeno’s Last Cigarette

John Freccero, Danielle Callegari, and Melissa Swain

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