Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Interpreting Dante: Essays on the Traditions of Dante Commentary

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Interpreting Dante: Essays on the Traditions of Dante Commentary

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Interpreting Dante: Essays on the Traditions of Dante Commentary, ed. Paola Nasti and Claudia Rossignoli (Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2013). xv + 470 pp. ISBN 0-268-03609-8. $50.00. Paola Nasti and Claudia Rossignoli's volume is the first of its kind, a reference to turn to for a comprehensive discussion of the Dante commentary tradition. Fifteen essay's by Italian, American, and British scholars provide a multiplicity' of avenues into this rich tradition, from overarching methodological questions, such as the classification of commentaries or the interplay between the textual and the visual, to specific case studies. As the introduction argues, close engagement with the commentary tradition offers a privileged opportunity to observe changes in exegetical and critical practices across centuries of reception and scholarship. The essays reveal numerous insights into how the once (and perhaps persistently) prevalent utilitarian approach to the commentaries as a helpful resource to be plundered for the purpose of solving hermeneutic problems in Dante's text is methodologically flawed. …

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