Reading Dante: The Pursuit of Meaning

0 avg rating
( 0 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780739121979: Reading Dante: The Pursuit of Meaning
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Reading Dante: The Pursuit of Meaning examines the problem of determining the thematic unity of Dante's Divina Commedia in the history of Dante studies. The question of unity has puzzled Dante readers for centuries, due to an apparent discrepancy between Dante's construction of the afterworld and medieval Christian teachings on the conditions of the afterlife. If all sins condemned in Hell can be forgiven, we would expect to see them purged in Purgatory and their virtuous opposite celebrated in Paradise. In Dante's account, however, the three realms of the afterlife appear as self-contained entities with only partially related structures that undermine the establishment of thematic correspondences and the determination of the poem's thematic unity. Was Dante inconsistent in his exposition of the divine order, or have Dante scholars been inconsistent in their treatment of the poem's thematic content? Jesper Hede examines the prevalent strategies of reading applied by Dante scholars in their attempt to solve the problem of unity. Detailing the major contributions to the resolution of the problem and focusing on medieval philosophy and modern hermeneutics, Hede argues that a systematic parallel reading of the poem's three parts reveals that it is the vision of divine order that gives the poem its thematic unity.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Jesper Hede is the academic secretary to the dean at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Copenhagen.

Review:

Jesper Hede has produced one of the most informative and challenging inquiries into the structure of Dante's great epic up to now. It is both a rehabilitation and a continuation of T. K. Seung's study of the unity of The Divine Comedy, published in 1962. Bound to be controversial, Hede's thesis takes Seung's conclusions about theology and psychology as the two fundamental disciplines for Dante's exposition of God's universal order one step further. He tests his precursor's idea of the thematic coherence of The Comedy on a set of cardinal scenes from Dante's Hell and Paradise, effectively showing how the medieval poet's Trinitarian design informs every part of his work. Along the way, Hede delivers a penetrating scrutiny of a large number of prominent Dante scholars, combining close readings with critical observations. Accordingly, his work can be read as a hermeneutic summa of recent research on the structure of The Comedy, but above all it constitutes a bold contribution to the understanding of its unity of vision, an issue which certainly was at the heart of our medieval poet's conception of the universe. (Anders Cullhed, University of Stockholm)

Jesper Hede has concentrated the research of many years into an illuminating and accessible study of Dante. Well aware of the huge amount of criticism devoted to Divina Commedia, Hede provides a much-needed and convincing treatment of the poem's thematic unity. Hell, purgatory, and heaven are bound together in this new reading, which shows deep humanistic insight. (Brian Patrick McGuire, professor of Medieval history, Roskilde University, Denmark)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780739121962: Reading Dante: The Pursuit of Meaning

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0739121960 ISBN 13:  9780739121962
Publisher: Lexington Books, 2007
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Hede, Jesper
Published by Rowman and Littlefield Publishers
ISBN 10: 0739121979 ISBN 13: 9780739121979
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 0739121979

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 35.43
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Hede, Jesper
Published by Lexington Books
ISBN 10: 0739121979 ISBN 13: 9780739121979
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Lexington Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0739121979 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Seller Inventory # SWATI2122905858

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 41.72
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Jesper Hede
Published by Lexington Books (2010)
ISBN 10: 0739121979 ISBN 13: 9780739121979
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Lexington Books, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0739121979

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 54.67
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Jesper Hede
Published by Lexington Books, United States (2010)
ISBN 10: 0739121979 ISBN 13: 9780739121979
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Lexington Books, United States, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. Reading Dante: The Pursuit of Meaning examines the problem of thematic coherence in Dante's Divina Commedia. Unlike many Dante scholars who maintain that the poem's unity is the account of a journey through the afterworld, Jesper Hede argues that a systematic parallel reading of the poem's three parts (Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise) reveals that it is the vision of divine order that provides the poem with its thematic unity. Seller Inventory # BTE9780739121979

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 61.16
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Jesper Hede
Published by Lexington Books (2010)
ISBN 10: 0739121979 ISBN 13: 9780739121979
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Lexington Books, 2010. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0739121979

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 69.27
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Hede, Jesper
Published by Lexington Books (2010)
ISBN 10: 0739121979 ISBN 13: 9780739121979
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Lexington Books, 2010. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. first edition edition. 288 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.75 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk0739121979

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 66.21
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.49
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Hede, Jesper
Published by Lexington Books (2010)
ISBN 10: 0739121979 ISBN 13: 9780739121979
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Lexington Books, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110739121979

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 83.45
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Jesper Hede
Published by Lexington Books (2010)
ISBN 10: 0739121979 ISBN 13: 9780739121979
New Paperback First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books Express
(Portsmouth, NH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Lexington Books, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. First Edition. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 0739121979n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 170.49
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds