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Dante and the Origins of Italian Literary Culture

Teodolinda Barolini


This book explores the sources of Italian literary culture in the figures of its lyric poets and its three crowns: Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio. The author views the origins of Italian literary culture through four prisms: the ideological/philosophical, the intertextual/multicultural, the structural/formal, and the social. The essays in the first section treat the ideology of love and desire from the early lyric tradition to the Inferno and its antecedents in philosophy and theology. The second section focuses on Dante as heir to both the Christian visionary and the classical pagan tradition ... More

Keywords: Italian literary culture, lyric poets, Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Inferno, Divine Comedy, Vita nuova

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780823227037
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823227037.001.0001


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Teodolinda Barolini, author

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Front Matter

Part I A Philosophy of Desire

Part II Christian and Pagan Intertexts

Part III Ordering the Macrotext: Time and Narrative

Part IV Gender

End Matter