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Dante as Dramatist

Dante as Dramatist
The Myth of the Earthly Paradise and Tragic Vision in the "Divine Comedy"

Franco Masciandaro

224 pages | 6 x 9
Ebook 2016 | ISBN 9781512809510 | Buy from De Gruyter $79.95 | €69.95 | £70.50
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The overwhelming concentration on questions of allegory in Dante studies, Franco Masciandaro contends, has come at the expense of considerations of the poem's literal dimension. And while the dramatic quality of the Divine Comedy is often recognized, few critics have made it the object of sustained inquiry.

In Dante as Dramatist, Masciandaro refocuses on the "poetry of the theater" in the Commedia by examining Dante's interpretation of the myth of the Earthly Paradise as it is represented in a number of key episodes of Inferno and Purgatorio. His principal objective is twofold: to analyze Dante's dramaturgy, especially the creative force of the tragic rhythm that the scenes under scrutiny produce as they succeed one another; and to show how Dante stages the action of the pilgrim's journey to the Earthly Paradise as the fundamental conflict between the dream of a future, second innocence, which ignores the tact of evil, and the recovery of another innocence, analogous to that found in Eden before the Fall.

Dante as Dramatist will be of unique interest not only to students and scholars of Dante but also to those who study dramatic forms in literature and theories of the tragic.

Franco Masciandaro is Professor of Italian at the University of Connecticut.

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