Dante and the Making of a Modern Author
By (author) Albert Russell Ascoli
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Dante and the Making of a Modern Author by Albert Russell Ascoli
Book DescriptionLeading scholar Albert Russell Ascoli traces the metamorphosis of Dante Alighieri - minor Florentine aristocrat, political activist and exile, amateur philosopher and theologian, and daring experimental poet - into Dante, author of the Divine Comedy and perhaps the most self-consciously 'authoritative' cultural figure in the Western canon. The text offers a comprehensive introduction to Dante's evolving, transformative relationship to medieval ideas of authorship and authority from the early Vita Nuova through the unfinished treatises, The Banquet and On Vernacular Eloquence, to the works of his maturity, Monarchy and the Divine Comedy. Ascoli reveals how Dante anticipates modern notions of personalized, creative authorship and the phenomenon of 'Renaissance self-fashioning'. Unusually, the book examines Dante's career as a whole offering an important point of access not only to the Dantean oeuvre, but also to the history and theory of authorship in the larger Italian and European tradition.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521882361
(228mm x 152mm x 34mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Albert Russell Ascoli
Cambridge Companion to Petrarch, Paperback (October 2015)
An account of the life and works of Petrarch, scholar and poet, and his influence on European literature and culture.
Dante and the Making of a Modern Author, Paperback (October 2010)
The first comprehensive study of Dante's evolving, transformative relationship to medieval ideas of authorship and authority.
Body in Early Modern Italy, Hardback (March 2010)» View all books by Albert Russell Ascoli
Medina Lasansky, Cornell University; Luca Marcozzi, Roma Tre University; Ronald L. Martinez, Brown University; Katharine Park, Harvard University; Sandra Schmidt, Free University of Berlin; Bette Talvacchia, University of Connecticut
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Author Biography - Albert Russell Ascoli
Albert Russell Ascoli is Gladys Arata Terrill Distinguished Professor in the Department of Italian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
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