Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Language and Style in Dante: Seven Essays

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Language and Style in Dante: Seven Essays

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Language and Style in Dante: Seven Essays, ed. John C. Barnes and Michelangelo Zaccarello (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2013). 234 pp. ISBN 978-1-84682-253-7. £50.00. This anthology of sophisticated essays by leading authorities on Dante presents significant new scholarship on some of the literary, philological, theological, and philosophical issues at stake in Dante's use of language and style. Zygmunt Barafiski persuasively establishes the importance of Horace in Dante and medieval culture with consideration of the commentary tradition and medieval reading practices. Antonella Braida asserts that the Commedia, as the rendering of God's signs into language, is concerned with translation in its broadest sense and insightfully discusses translation in Convivio, De vulgari eloquentia, and the Commedia. Cormac O Cuilleanáin surveys diverse forms of repetition in modern fiction, music, and cinema in order to shed light on the variety of iteration in the Commedia and its various effects. Jeremy Tambling offers an important reading of Inferno XXX that focuses on identity, language, and style in the canto's representation of the falsifiers of identity, money, and truth, and suggests possible implications for Virgil and Dante. …

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