A towering figure in world literature, Dante wrote his great epic poemCommediain the early fourteenth century. The work gained universal acclaim and came to be known asLa Divina Commedia, orThe Divine Comedy. Giuseppe Mazzotta brings Dante and his masterpiece to life in this exploration of the man, his cultural milieu, and his endlessly fascinating works.
Based on Mazzotta's highly popular Yale course, this book offers a critical reading ofThe Divine Comedyand selected other works by Dante. Through an analysis of Dante's autobiographicalVita nuova, Mazzotta establishes the poetic and political circumstances ofThe Divine Comedy. He situates the three sections of the poem-Inferno, Purgatory, Paradise-within the intellectual and social context of the late Middle Ages, and he explores the political, philosophical, and theological topics with which Dante was particularly concerned.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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