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Dante’s Lyric Redemption: Eros, Salvation, Vernacular Tradition

Tristan Kay


This book re-examines two strongly interrelated aspects of the poet’s work: the role and value he ascribes to earthly love and his relationship to the vernacular lyric tradition of his time. It contends that an account of Dante’s poetic journey that posits a stark division between earthly and divine love, and between the secular lyric poet and the Christian auctor, does little justice to his highly distinctive and often polemical handling of these categories. The book first contextualizes, traces, and accounts for Dante’s intriguing erotic commitment from the minor works to the Commedia. It hi ... More

Keywords: Dante, Italian literature, medieval literature, lyric poetry, love and desire, troubadour poetry, Guittone d’Arezzo, Arnaut Daniel, Folco of Marseilles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198753964
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198753964.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tristan Kay, author
Lecturer in Italian Studies, University of Bristol

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