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Reading Dante in Renaissance Italy
Florence, Venice and the 'Divine Poet'


  • Date Published: February 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107196551

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  • Simon Gilson's new volume provides the first in-depth account of the critical and editorial reception in Renaissance Italy, particularly Florence, Venice and Padua, of the work of Dante Alighieri (1265–1321). Gilson investigates a range of textual frameworks and related contexts that influenced the way in which Dante's work was produced and circulated, from editing and translation to commentaries, criticism and public lectures. In so doing he modifies the received notion that Dante and his work were eclipsed during the Renaissance. Central themes of investigation include the contestation of Dante's authority as a 'classic' writer and the various forms of attack and defence employed by his detractors and partisans. The book pays close attention not only to the Divine Comedy but also to the Convivio and other of Dante's writings, and explores the ways in which the reception of these works was affected by contemporary developments in philology, literary theory, philosophy, theology, science and printing.

    • Delivers the first comprehensive study of the reception of Dante's work in Renaissance Italy, with particular attention drawn to Florence and Venice
    • Builds on Simon Gilson's very successful publication Dante and Renaissance Florence (Cambridge, 2005) which covered the period 1350–1481
    • Contests the received notion that Dante's work was eclipsed in this period
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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107196551
    • length: 446 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Florentine Legacies and Venetian Initiatives, 1481–1540:
    1. Reading and refashioning the Comedy, 1484–1536
    2. Dante's verse, the De vulgari eloquentia, and the Convivio: editions and critical estimates, 1490–1532
    Part II. Dante and Florentine Academies, 1540–1595:
    3. Dante and Florentine academies
    4. 'His greatest partisan': Giovan Battista Gelli as public reader of Dante
    Part III. Venetian 'Dantes', 1544–96:
    5. New print commentaries: the 'espositioni' of Alessandro Vellutello and Bernardino Daniello
    6. Dante and the polygraphs.

  • Author

    Simon Gilson, University of Oxford
    Simon Gilson is Agnelli-Serena Professor of Italian at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Magdalen College. He has published extensively on Dante, Dante's reception, and the literary and philosophical culture of the Italian Renaissance. He is the author of Dante and Renaissance Florence (Cambridge, 2005) and has edited numerous volumes on science and literature, heresy and mysticism, and vernacular Aristotelianism.

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