Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
In Dante's WakeReading from Medieval to Modern in the Augustinian Tradition$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

John Freccero, Danielle Callegari, and Melissa Swain

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823264278

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823264278.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM FORDHAM SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.fordham.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Fordham University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FSO for personal use (for details see www.fordham.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 18 November 2018

Shipwreck in the Prologue

Shipwreck in the Prologue

(p.1) Shipwreck in the Prologue
In Dante's Wake

John Freccero

, Danielle Callegari, Melissa Swain
Fordham University Press

This chapter is primarily concerned with the prologue of the poem, where Odysseus is a submerged presence, ignored by most critics. It discusses not only the transformation of the epic into the novel, which is the essence of Dante's fictional account of Ulysses, but what Lukács calls the “retransformation” of the “novelistic” Inferno into the new epic of transcendence. It attempts to answer the unspoken historical question raised by Lukács' book concerning the provenance of Dante's representation of subjectivity, so foreign to the epic and essential in the novel.

Keywords:   Divine Comedy, Dante, poem, Inferno, prologue, Odysseus, subjectivity, Lukács

Fordham Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .