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In Dante's WakeReading from Medieval to Modern in the Augustinian Tradition$
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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

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Shipwreck in the Prologue

Shipwreck in the Prologue

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

, Danielle Callegari, Melissa Swain
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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823264278.003.0001

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

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