The Unexpected Dante: Perspectives on the Divine Comedy (Paperback)
The Unexpected Dante brings together five leading scholars who offer fresh perspectives on the meanings and reception of The Divine Comedy. Some investigate Dante’s intentions by exploring the poem’s esoteric allusions to topics ranging from musical instruments to Roman law. Others examine the poem’s long afterlife and reception in the United States, with chapters showcasing new discoveries about Nicolaus de Laurentii’s 1481 edition of Commedia and the creative contemporary adaptations that have relocated Dante’s visions of heaven and hell to urban American settings.
This study also includes a guide that showcases selected treasures from the extensive Dante collections at the Library of Congress, illustrating the depth and variety of The Divine Comedy’s global influence. The Unexpected Dante is thus a boon to both Dante scholars and aficionados of this literary masterpiece.
Published by Bucknell University Press in association with the Library of Congress. Distributed worldwide by Rutgers University Press.
— Christopher Kleinhenz
"The Unexpected Dante is an impressive, finely produced volume worthy of the poet's 700th anniversary. In addition to its highly informative introduction and essays, its splendid display of illustrations, manuscript images, and artworks bring Dante and the editorial history of his poem alive before our eyes."
— Robert Pogue Harrison