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Human Vices and Human Worth in Dante's Comedy

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  • Date Published: June 2006
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521026659

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  • Patrick Boyde brings Dante's thought and poetry into focus for the modern reader by restoring the Comedy to its intellectual and literary context in 1300. He begins by describing the authorities that Dante acknowledged in the field of ethics and the modes of thought he shared with the great thinkers of his time. Boyde concentrates on the poetic representation of the most important vices and virtues in the Comedy. He stresses the heterogeneity and originality of Dante's treatment, and the challenges posed by his desire to harmonize these divergent value systems.

    • Dante is brought alive for the twenty-first-century reader, by putting him back in the context of his own day
    • Equal attention given to Dante's ideas and his poetry/poetic representation of those ideas
    • Boyde is a big name in Dante studies
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    • Winner of the Premio di Storia Letteraria Natalino Sapegno 2002

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    "An admirable book..." Speculum

    "The ten chapters of the volume, subdivided into four parts, are accompanied by invaluable notes and an extremely well organized bibliography." Italian Bookshelf

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521026659
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.516kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the role of context
    Part I. Authority, Reason and Order:
    1. Dante's authors
    2. Putting authors to the question
    3. Division and numeration
    Part II. Competing Values:
    4. Aristotelian values through Dante's eyes
    5. Christian values through Dante's eyes
    6. A courtly value in Dante's hands
    Part III. Arch-vices and the Supreme Virtue:
    7. Covetousness
    8. Pride
    9. Justice
    Part IV. Amid Such Wisdom ('tra cotanto senno'): Preface to Part IV
    10. The worth and vices of Ulysses: a case-study

  • Author

    Patrick Boyde, St John's College, Cambridge
    Patrick Boyde is Serena Professor of Italian in the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St John's College. He is the author of Dante's Style in his Lyric Poetry (Cambridge,1971) and Night Thoughts on Italian Poetry and Art (Cambridge,1985). Human Vices and Human Worth in Dante's Comedy is the third book in his trilogy, which also comprises Dante Philomythes and Philosopher: Man in the Cosmos (Cambridge,1981), and Perception and Passion in Dante's Comedy'(Cambridge,1993).


    • Winner of the Premio di Storia Letteraria Natalino Sapegno 2002

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