Title: Reading Dante (The Open Yale Courses Series)
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Yale University Press January 2014
0300191359 / 9780300191356
Seller ID: 121838
A towering figure in world literature, Dante wrote his great epic poem "Commedia" in the early fourteenth century. The work gained universal acclaim and came to be known as "La Divina Commedia," or "The 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 of "The Divine Comedy" and selected other works by Dante. Through an analysis of Dante's autobiographical "Vita nuova," Mazzotta establishes the poetic and political circumstances of "The 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.