The Poetry of Dante's Paradiso

Lives Almost Divine, Spirits that Matter

Authors: Tambling, Jeremy

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  • A full-scale reading of Dante’s Paradiso that incorporates contemporary and historical Dante scholarship and modern critical theory
  • Reads the text as ‘modern’, and balances both Dante’s theology and present-day secularity
  • Draws on modern theoretical work on allegory, psychoanalysis, gender, and deconstruction
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This book argues that Paradiso – Dante’s vision of Heaven – is not simply affirmative. It posits that Paradiso compensates for disappointment rather than fulfils hopes, and where it moves into joy and vision, this also rationalises the experience of exile and the failure of all Dante’s political hopes. The book highlights and addresses a fundamental problem in reading Dante: the assumption that he writes as a Catholic Christian, which can be off-putting and induces an overly theological and partisan reading in some commentary. Accordingly, the study argues that Dante must be read now in a post-Christian modernity. It discusses Dante's Christianity fully, and takes its details as a source of wonder and beauty which need communicating to a modern reader. Yet, the study also argues that we must read for the alterity of Dante’s world from ours. 

About the authors

Jeremy Tambling is Professor of English at SWPS Warsaw (University of Social Sciences and Humanities), Poland. Prior to this, he was Professor of Literature at Manchester University, UK, and Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. He has written widely on Dante, psychoanalysis, urban literary studies, and Victorian literature. Previous publications on Dante include Dante and Difference: Writing in the Commedia (1988), Dante: A Critical Reader (ed.1999), and Dante in Purgatory: States of Affect (2012).

Reviews

“Professor Tambling adds an original voice to the current surge of interest in what

makes Dante’s Paradiso uniquely intriguing, even in comparison to the Inferno

and Purgatorio. He directly engages the question that haunts the poem: can

authentic human hope sustain itself on its spacewalk through the material

universe, even if it cannot foresee its end?”

Francis J. Ambrosio, Georgetown University, USA

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook $89.00
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Hardcover $119.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Poetry of Dante's Paradiso
Book Subtitle
Lives Almost Divine, Spirits that Matter
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-65628-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-65628-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-65627-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 314
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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