Dante's "Other Works"
Assessments and Interpretations
William and Katherine Devers Series in Dante and Medieval Italian Literature
Published by: University of Notre Dame Press
474 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 mm, 2 b&w illustrations
- ISBN: 9780268202392
- Published: June 2022
Prominent Dante scholars from the United States, Italy, and the United Kingdom contribute original essays to the first critical companion in English to Dante’s “other works.”
Rather than speak of Dante’s “minor works,” according to a tradition of Dante scholarship going back at least to the eighteenth century, this volume puts forward the designation “other works” both in light of their enhanced status and as part of a general effort to reaffirm their value as autonomous works. Indeed, had Dante never written the Commedia, he would still be considered the most important writer of the late Middle Ages for the originality and inventiveness of the other works he wrote besides his monumental poem, including the Rime, the Fiore, the Detto d’amore, the Vita nova, the Epistles, the Convivio, the De vulgari eloquentia, the Monarchia, the Egloge, and the Questio de aqua et terra. Each contributor to this volume addresses one of the “other works” by presenting the principal interpretative trends and questions relating to the text, and by focusing on aspects of particular interest. Two essays on the relationship between the “other works” and the issues of philosophy and theology are included. Dante’s “Other Works” will interest Dantisti, medievalists, and literary scholars at every stage of their career.
Contributors: Manuele Gragnolati, Christopher Kleinhenz, Zygmunt G. Barański, Claire E. Honess, Simon Gilson, Mirko Tavoni, Paola Nasti, Theodore J. Cachey, Jr., David G. Lummus, Luca Bianchi, and Vittorio Montemaggi.
List of illustrations
1. The Lyric Poetry - Manuele Gragnolati
2. Fiore and Detto d’Amore - Christopher Kleinhenz
3. Vita nova - Zygmunt G. Barański
4. Epistles - Claire E. Honess
5. Convivio - Simon Gilson
6. De vulgari eloquentia - Mirko Tavoni
7. Monarchia - Paola Nasti
8. Egloge - David Lummus
9. Questio de acqua et terra - Theodore J. Cachey Jr.
10. Philosophy and the ‘Other Works’ - Luca Bianchi
11. Theology and the ‘Other Works’ - Vittorio Montemaggi
List of contributors
“This highly stimulating, erudite, yet also accessible collection provides an absorbing survey of the full range of Dante’s ‘other works’ beyond the Commedia.”—J. Catherine Keen, co-editor of Ethics, Politics and Justice in Dante
“Dante’s ‘Other Works’ is altogether excellent, and it fills a much-lamented gap in the bibliography on Dante in English.” —Lino Pertile, co-editor of Dante in Context