Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature: Dante and Renaissance Florence Series Number 56 (Hardback)
  • Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature: Dante and Renaissance Florence Series Number 56 (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature: Dante and Renaissance Florence Series Number 56 (Hardback)

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Hardback 340 Pages / Published: 13/01/2005
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Simon Gilson explores Dante's reception in his native Florence between 1350 and 1481. He traces the development of Florentine civic culture and the interconnections between Dante's principal 'Florentine' readers, from Giovanni Boccaccio to Cristoforo Landino, and explains how and why both supporters and opponents of Dante exploited his legacy for a variety of ideological, linguistic, cultural and political purposes. The book focuses on a variety of texts, both Latin and vernacular, in which reference was made to Dante, from commentaries to poetry, from literary lives to letters, from histories to dialogues. Gilson pays particular attention to Dante's influence on major authors such as Boccaccio and Petrarch, on Italian humanism, and on civic identity and popular culture in Florence. Ranging across literature, philosophy and art, across languages and across social groups, this study fully illuminates for the first time Dante's central place in Italian Renaissance culture and thought.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521841658
Number of pages: 340
Weight: 670 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Review of the hardback: 'A book on Dante's reception which is both rich in detail and clear in direction ... excellent ... Simon Gilson's book is a major contribution to our understanding of the multiple ways in which Dante's works, and the figure of Dante, were understood in Florence.' The Times Literary Supplement
Review of the hardback: '... coherent and consistent in its methodology.' The Cambridge Quarterly
Gilson's analysis is...a guide that leads us toward a new era in the secular history of Dante and helps us understand the cultures that inherited Dante's work and its rich, inexhaustible layers of meaning." - Francesco Bruni, Universita di Venezia, Ca' Foscari
"Dante and Renaissance Florence testifies eloquently to the richness of the subject of Dante's reception history. Drawing on studies by literature specialists and intellectual and cultural historians, Gilson's book complements well earlier studies of Dante's varying fortunes in thsi period." - Deborah Park, University of Virginia

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