Danteworlds A Reader's Guide to the Inferno

ISBN-10: 0226702685
ISBN-13: 9780226702681
Edition: 2007
Authors: Guy P. Raffa
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Description: One of the greatest works of world literature, Dante Alighieri's "The Divine Comedy "has, despite its enormous popularity and importance, often stymied readers with its multitudinous characters, references, and themes. But until now, students of the  More...

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Book details

List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.462
Language: English

One of the greatest works of world literature, Dante Alighieri's "The Divine Comedy "has, despite its enormous popularity and importance, often stymied readers with its multitudinous characters, references, and themes. But until now, students of the "Inferno "have lacked a suitable resource to guide their reading. Welcome to "Danteworlds", the first substantial guide to the "Inferno" in English. Guy P. Raffa takes readers on a geographic journey through Dante's underworld circle by circle--from the Dark Wood down to the ninth circle of Hell--in much the same way Dante and Virgil proceed in their infernal descent. Each chapter--or "region"--of the book begins with a summary of the action, followed by detailed entries, significant verses, and useful study questions. The entries, based on a close examination of the poet's biblical, classical, and medieval sources, help locate the characters and creatures Dante encounters and assist in decoding the poem's vast array of references to religion, philosophy, history, politics, and other works of literature. Written by an established Dante scholar and tested in the fire of extensive classroom experience, "Danteworlds" will be heralded by readers at all levels of expertise, from students and general readers to teachers and scholars.

Welcome to Danteworlds
Major Events in Dante's Life
Map of Italy in the Thirteenth Century
Illustration of Dante's Hell
Dark Wood (Inferno 1-2)
Periphery of Hell: Cowardice (Inferno 3)
Limbo (Inferno 4)
Lust (Inferno 5)
Gluttony (Inferno 6)
Avarice and Prodigality (Inferno 7)
Wrath and Sullenness (Inferno 7-9)
Heresy (Inferno 9-11)
Violence (Inferno 12-17)
Pouches 1-6: Fraud (Inferno 18-23)
Pouches 7-10: Fraud (Inferno 24-30)
Treachery (Inferno 31-34)
Changing Values?
Acknowledgments
Note on Texts and Translations
Bibliography
Index

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