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Lectura Dantis

Purgatorio, A Canto-by-Canto Commentary

Allen Mandelbaum (Editor), Anthony Oldcorn (Editor), Charles Ross (Editor)

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Paperback, 412 pages
ISBN: 9780520250567
February 2008
$36.95, £25.95
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This new critical volume, the second to appear in the three-volume Lectura Dantis, contains expert, focused commentary on the Purgatorio by thirty-three international scholars, each of whom presents to the nonspecialist reader one of the cantos of the transitional middle cantica of Dante's unique Christian epic. The cast of characters is as colorful as before, although this time most of them are headed for salvation. The canto-by-canto commentary allows each contributor his or her individual voice and results in a deeper, richer awareness of Dante's timeless aspirations and achievements.
I. Ritual and Story, EZIO RAIMONDI
II. The New Song and the Old, ROBERT HOLLANDER
III. The Sheepfold of the Excommunicates, ROBIN KIRKPATRICK
IV. The Lute Maker: Belacqua ENZO QUAGLIO
V. The Keys to Purgatory, ALDO SCAGLIONE
VI. "Ah, Abject Italy": A Bitter Digression, MARIA PICCHIO SIMONELLI
VII. Sordello and the Catalog of Princes, MAURIZIO PERUGI
VIII. In the Valley of the Rulers, RICARDO J. QUINONES
IX. The Ritual Keys, CHARLES ROSS
X. The Art of God, HERMANN GMELIN
XI. Gone with the Wind, ANTHONY OLDCORN
XII. Eyes Down: Dante among the Humble, JÁNOS KELEMEN
XIII. Among the Envious: Seeing and Not Seeing, ALBERT WINGELL
XIV. The Rhetoric of Envy, MASSIMO VERDICCHIO
XV. Virtual Reality, ARIELLE SAIBER
XVI. A World of Darkness and Disorder, JOHN SCOTT
XVII. On Revenge, JO ANN CAVALLO
XVIII. Love, Free Will, and Sloth: The Fourth Terrace, MARILYN MIGIEL
XIX. Vectors of Human Love, SARA STURM-MADDOX
XX. Hugh Capet and the Avarice of Kings, VINCENT MOLETA
XXI. Greeting Statius: The Poetry of a Soul's Liberation, JANET LEVARIE SMARR
XXII. To the Sixth Terrace: Virgil and Statius Discourse, CHRISTOPHER KLEINHENZ
XXIII. Reading Literary and Ethical Choices, RINALDINA RUSSELL
XXIV. Of Poetry and Politics, LINO PERTILE
XXV. Statius's Discourse: A Marvelous Connection of Things, RONALD MARTINEZ
XXVI. The Fires of Lust and Poetry, PRUE SHAW
XXVII. At the Threshold of Freedom, GLAUCO CAMBON
XXVIII. Watching Matilda, VICTORIA KIRKHAM
XXIX. Dante's Processional Vision, PETER ARMOUR
XXX. At the Summit of Purgatory, RACHEL JACOFF
XXXI. Dante's Repentance, EMILIO PASQUINI
XXXII. The Parallel Histories, H. WAYNE STOREY
XXXIII. Beatrice's Prophecy, Matilda's Name, and the Pilgrim's Renewal. DINO S. CERVIGNI

Contributors
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Allen Mandelbaum is W.R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Humanities at Wake Forest University and a National Book Award winner. He is the translator of the UC Press facing-text editions of Dante’s Divine Comedy (in three volumes: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso), as well as the UC Press editions of the verse translations of The Odyssey of Homer and The Aeneid of Virgil. Anthony Oldcorn is Chair of Italian at Brown University. Charles Ross is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Purdue University.
“This will be a boon to classroom teachers who have to tackle Dante just after Homer.”—Bibliotheque D'humanisme Et Renaissance

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