The twenty-five original essays in this remarkable book constitute both a state-of-the-art survey of Dante scholarship and a detailed manifesto for new understanding of one of the world's great poets.
The fruit of an historic conference called by the Dante Society of America, the essays, each an original contribution by a leading scholar, confront a range of important questions: What theories, methods and issues are unique to Dante scholarship? How are they changing? What approaches constitute the distinctive American tradition in Dante studies, and how has this body of critical understanding taken shape? Why--and how--do we read Dante in today's global postmodern culture?
From John Ahern on the first copies of the Commedia to Peter Hawkins and Rachel Jacoff on Dante after modernism, the essays shed brilliant new light on Dante's texts, his world, and what teachers, scholars, poets, and other readers in a wide variety of cultures and contexts make of his extraordinary legacy.
Dante for the New Millennium.
Eds. Teodolinda Barolini and H. Wayne Storey. New York: Fordham University Press, 2003. Pp. xxiii+498.