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Dante and the Mystical Tradition : Bernard of Clairvaux in the Commedia - Steven Botterill

Dante and the Mystical Tradition

Bernard of Clairvaux in the Commedia

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In this study, Steven Botterill explores the intellectual relationship between the greatest poet of the fourteenth century, Dante, and the greatest spiritual writer of the twelfth century, Bernard of Clairvaux. Botterill analyzes Bernard's appearance as a character in the closing cantos of the Paradiso in the context of his medieval reputation as a contemplative mystic, devotee of Mary, and, above all, a preacher of outstanding eloquence. Botterill's new critical stance will provoke a reevaluation of Bernard's significance in the Commedia.

"...[an] intelligent, well-written book..." Peter S. Hawkins, Yale University, Speculum-A Journal of Medieval Studies "...an engaging study of the cultural mystical meaning of the mysticism of St. Bernard as portrayed in the vision of God conclusion of the Divine Comedy...Botterill's thesis should grasp the attention of Dante scholars and students of mysticism." The Reader's Review "...the erudition marshaled in Part 2 is certainly impressive and largely convincing..." R. A. Shoaf, Choice "...investigates the intellectual relationship between Dante and St. Bernard. He analyses the narrative episode about Bernard as a medieval mystic...he examines carefully the two areas in which a direct intellectual influence of Bernard on Dante has been noted: the portrayal of Mary in the .s:Commediar: and the idea of trasumanar in .s:Paradisor: i, 70." Manuscripta

Acknowledgements
(Re-)Reading Dante: an unscientific preface
Reading
The image of St Bernard in medieval culture
Bernard of Clairvaux in the Commedia
Life after Beatrice (Paradiso XXXI)
Mellifluous doctor (Paradiso XXXII)
Faithful Bernard (Paradiso XXXIII)
Re-Reading
Bernard in the Trecento commentaries on the Commedia
Dante, Bernard, and the Virgin Mary
From 'deificari' to 'trasumanar'? Dante's Paradiso and Bernard's De diligendo Deo
Eloquence - and its limits
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521434546
ISBN-10: 0521434548
Series: Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 3rd July 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.59