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The Undivine Comedy : Detheologizing Dante - Teodolinda Barolini

The Undivine Comedy

Detheologizing Dante

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Published: 19th November 1992
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Accepting Dante's prophetic truth claims on their own terms, Teodolinda Barolini proposes a "detheologized" reading as a global new approach to the "Divine Comedy." Not aimed at excising theological concerns from Dante, this approach instead attempts to break out of the hermeneutic guidelines that Dante structured into his poem and that have resulted in theologized readings whose outcomes have been overdetermined by the poet. By detheologizing, the reader can emerge from this poet's hall of mirrors and discover the narrative techniques that enabled Dante to forge a true fiction. Foregrounding the formal exigencies that Dante masked as ideology, Barolini moves from the problems of beginning to those of closure, focusing always on the narrative journey. Her investigation--which treats such topics as the visionary and the poet, the One and the many, narrative and time--reveals some of the transgressive paths trodden by a master of mimesis, some of the ways in which Dante's poetic adventuring is indeed, according to his own lights, Ulyssean.

Prefacep. ix
Editions and Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Detheologizing Dante: Realism, Reception, and the Resources of Narrativep. 3
Infernal Incipits: The Poetics of the Newp. 21
Ulysses, Geryon, and the Aeronautics of Narrative Transitionp. 48
Narrative and Style in Lower Hellp. 74
Purgatory as Paradigm: Traveling the New and Never-Before-Traveled Path of This Life/Poemp. 99
Re-presenting What God Presented: The Arachnean Art of the Terrace of Pridep. 122
Nonfalse Errors and the True Dreams of the Evangelistp. 143
Problems in Paradise: The Mimesis of Time and the Paradox of piu e menop. 166
The Heaven of the Sun as a Meditation on Narrativep. 194
The Sacred Poem Is Forced to Jump: Closure and the Poetics of Enjambmentp. 218
Transition: How Cantos Begin and Endp. 257
Notesp. 267
Indexp. 349
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ISBN: 9780691015286
ISBN-10: 0691015287
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 19th November 1992
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5