Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Petrarch & Dante: Anti-Dantism, Metaphysics, Tradition

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Petrarch & Dante: Anti-Dantism, Metaphysics, Tradition

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Petrarch & Dante: Anti-Dantism, Metaphysics, Tradition, ed. Zygmunt G Baranski and Theodore J. Cachey, Jr, with the assistance of Demetrio S. Yocum, The William and Katherine Devers Series in Dante Studies (Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2009). xii + 414 pp. ISBN 978- 0-268- 0221 1- 2. $50.00. Bringing together leading scholars of medieval studies, this highly readable and engaging volume presents original contributions by Albert Russell Ascoli, Zygmunt G Baranski, Teodolinda Barolini, Theodore J. Cachey, Jr., Ronald L. Martinez, Giuseppe Mazzotta, Christian Moevs, Justin Steinberg, and Sara Sturm-Maddox. Beginning from the view that existing scholarship has tended to reduce the question of Petrarch's relationship to Dante to either uncomplicated syndiesis or irreducible antithesis, the aumors take a more syncretic approach. In focusing upon the poets' ideological differences, and diverse poetic aspirations, they establish the grounds for a properly polemical operation on Petrarch's part. Through a variety of methodological tools mat bridge the study of audiorship, textuality, and linguistic and cultural politics, the essays each examine a particular strategy by which Petrarch sought to limit - often consciously and rigorously - Dante's authority, especially in vernacular terms and with respect to the metaphysical and religious claims of the Commedia. …

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