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Mismapping the underworld : daring and error in Dante's Comedy, John Kleiner

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Mismapping the underworld : daring and error in Dante's Comedy
Title
Mismapping the underworld
Title remainder
daring and error in Dante's Comedy
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John Kleiner
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Language
eng
Summary
Mismapping the Underworld investigates the place of error in the moral and aesthetic system of Dante's Comedy. It argues that Dante's delight in finely wrought patterns does not exclude an interest in patterns of disorder, that his pursuit of harmony intensifies his interest in dissonance. The three central chapters of the book each examine a different type of error or anomaly: a mismeasured giant, a self-defeating experiment, an erring citation of Virgil. These apparently trivial discrepancies are linked, the author suggests, to much larger questions. What is the status of mimetic realism in Dante's poem? By what right does a poet pretend to represent the order of God's mind? Where does aggressive allegoresis cross over into interpretive error? Through the study of error, the author offers an alternative account of Dante's poetic project, one that gives priority to wit and self-irony rather than didactic seriousness. In the author's words, "If there is a moral to this study, it is that instead of suppressing anomalies, cruxes, and contradictions, we might as well learn to enjoy them." In the pursuit of this enjoyment, we encounter analyses of such topics as science and the role of experimentation in the comedy monsters and medieval aesthetics, numerology, and the Renaissance tradition of mapping Hell. In addition to analyzing Dante's enthusiasm for error, the author also investigates the reluctance of Dante scholars to admit its existence. This discussion, which draws upon some of the more fantastic efforts of six centuries of scholarship, clarifies the critical motives and preoccupations that have shaped the history of the Comedy's reception
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1961-
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Kleiner, John
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Dante Alighieri
  • Errors and blunders, Literary
Label
Mismapping the underworld : daring and error in Dante's Comedy, John Kleiner
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [143]-175) and indexes
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ch. 1. Finding the Center -- Ch. 2. Mismapping the Underworld -- Ch. 3. The Learned Dante -- Ch. 4. Vanishing Acts -- Ch. 5. "O Brave Monster" -- Index of Passages Cited from Dante
Control code
27974783
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
182 pages
Isbn
9780804721431
Lccn
93019358
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1600388
Label
Mismapping the underworld : daring and error in Dante's Comedy, John Kleiner
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [143]-175) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ch. 1. Finding the Center -- Ch. 2. Mismapping the Underworld -- Ch. 3. The Learned Dante -- Ch. 4. Vanishing Acts -- Ch. 5. "O Brave Monster" -- Index of Passages Cited from Dante
Control code
27974783
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
182 pages
Isbn
9780804721431
Lccn
93019358
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1600388

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