Dante's Lyric Redemption: Eros, Salvation, Vernacular Tradition - Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs (Hardback)
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Dante's Lyric Redemption: Eros, Salvation, Vernacular Tradition - Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs (Hardback)

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Dante's Lyric Redemption offers a re-examination of two strongly interrelated aspects of the poet's work: the role and value he ascribes to earthly love and his relationship to the Romance lyric tradition of his time. It argues that an account of Dante's poetic journey that posits a stark division between earthly and divine love, and between the secular lyric poet and the Christian auctor, does little justice to his highly distinctive and often polemical handling of these categories. The book firstly contextualizes, traces, and accounts for Dante's intriguing commitment to love poetry, from the 'minor works' to the Commedia. It highlights his attempts, especially in his masterpiece, to overcome normative oppositions in formulating a uniquely redemptive vernacular poetics, one oriented towards the eternal while rooted in his affective, and indeed erotic, past. It then examines how this matter is at stake in Dante's treatment of three important lyric predecessors: Guittone d'Arezzo, Arnaut Daniel, and Folco of Marseilles. Through a detailed reading of Dante's engagement with these poets, the book illuminates his careful departure from a dualistic model of love and conversion and shows his erotic commitment to be at the heart of his claims to pre-eminence as a vernacular author.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198753964
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 484 g
Dimensions: 222 x 148 x 25 mm


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Kay's cogent and persuasive argument is that having opted to renounce the erotic in his Convivio, Dante comes back in the Comedy to the position he first sketched out in his Vita nuova and recasts it in a much more powerful form. Love of Beatrice does indeed lead to salvation, and it does so without cancelling her individuality, including her bodily reality, which she, like the rest of the souls in Paradise, is looking forward to recovering in enhanced form at the Last Judgement. * Peter Hainsworth, Times Literary Supplement *
Dante's Lyric Redemption: Eros, Salvation, Vernacular Tradition approaches in a new and original way the question of Dante's return to Beatrice in his magnum opus [and] poses important questions as it redefines the debate about the relationship between eros and spirituality in Dante's oeuvre. * Jelena Todrovic, The Medieval Review *
A successful attempt at bringing together some key critical trends associated with modern Dante studies ... Kay engages with one of the oldest debates in the field, that surrounding Dante's dialogue with his vernacular contemporaries, without losing sight of recent scholarly developments from around the world. * Leyla Livraghi, L'Alighieri *

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