Dante and Renaissance Florence

Dante and Renaissance Florence

Hardback Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature

By (author) Simon A. Gilson, Series edited by Alastair Minnis, Series edited by Patrick Boyde, Series edited by John Burrow, Series edited by Rita Copeland, Series edited by Alan Deyermond, Series edited by Peter Dronke, Series edited by Nigel Palmer, Series edited by Winthrop Wetherbee


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  • Format: Hardback | 340 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 231mm x 25mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 19 October 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521841658
  • ISBN 13: 9780521841658
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 3 b/w illus.

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Simon Gilson explores Dante's reception in his native Florence between 1350 and 1481. He traces the development of Florentine civic culture and the interconnections between Dante's principal 'Florentine' readers, from Giovanni Boccaccio to Cristoforo Landino, and explains how and why both supporters and opponents of Dante exploited his legacy for a variety of ideological, linguistic, cultural and political purposes. The book focuses on a variety of texts, both Latin and vernacular, in which reference was made to Dante, from commentaries to poetry, from literary lives to letters, from histories to dialogues. Gilson pays particular attention to Dante's influence on major authors such as Boccaccio and Petrarch, on Italian humanism, and on civic identity and popular culture in Florence. Ranging across literature, philosophy and art, across languages and across social groups, this study fully illuminates for the first time Dante's central place in Italian Renaissance culture and thought.

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Author information

Simon Gilson is Senior Lecturer in Italian at the University of Warwick.

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Review of the hardback: 'A book on Dante's reception which is both rich in detail and clear in direction ... excellent ... Simon Gilson's book is a major contribution to our understanding of the multiple ways in which Dante's works, and the figure of Dante, were understood in Florence.' The Times Literary Supplement Review of the hardback: '... coherent and consistent in its methodology.' The Cambridge Quarterly

Table of contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. Competing Cults: the Legacy of the Trecento and the Impact of Humanism, 1350-1430: 1. Boccaccio and Petrarch; 2. Florentine humanism and vernacular culture: perspectives on Dante, 1375-1430; Part II. New Directions and the Rise of the Vernacular, 1430-1481: 3. Dante as a civic and linguistic model, 1430-1441; 4. Dante and Florentine vernacular humanism: critical judgments and literary experiments; Part III. Cristoforo Landino and his Comento sopra la Comedia (1481): 5. Cristoforo Landino on Dante and Florence: the prologue to the Comento; 6. Tradition and innovation in Cristoforo Landino's Comento: platonism, natural science and classicism; Conclusion; Notes; Selected bibliography; Index.