Petrarch and Dante
Anti-Dantism, Metaphysics, Tradition
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: University of Notre Dame Press
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About the William and Katherine Devers Series
The William and Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies at the University of Notre Dame supports rare book acquisitions in the university’s John A. Zahm Dante collections, funds an annual visiting professorship in Dante studies, and supports electronic and print publication of scholarly research in the field. ...
This volume is based on a series of seminars given to celebrate the seventh centenary of the birth of Francesco Petrarca (1304– 1374), organized by the William and Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies, and held in the Department of Special Collections of the Hesburgh Library of the University of Notre Dame during the fall of 2004. ...
Part 1 Anti-Dantism
Chapter 1 Between Petrarch and Dante: Prolegomenon to a Critical Discourse
My choice of title, mirroring the titles of canonical essays by Natalino Sapegno (1963) and Giuseppe Billanovich (1965), is intended in a heuristic and not a hubristic sense.1 Rather than reflect an exaggerated self-confidence on my part, it represents in the first place an invitation to anyone interested in what came “between Petrarch ...
Chapter 2 Petrarch, Dante, Cavalcanti
“Petrarca e Dante”; “Dante in Petrarca”; “Tra Dante e Petrarca”: conjunctions and prepositions have played an unexpectedly vital role in determining the critical history of Petrarch’s relationship to Dante.1 The elimination of both grammatical categories in the title of my study marks a deliberate attempt to go beyond the parameters which, ...
Chapter 3 Blinding the Cyclops: Petrarch after Dante
That Petrarch occupies a special place in the history and historiography of the Western tradition is news from nowhere to no one. Still, for all that modern notions of cultural history have frequently located him at a pivotal point between medieval and Renaissance “mentalities” and assigned him a place of privilege in the emergence of ...
Part 2 Metaphysics
Chapter 4 Petrarch’s Dialogue with Dante
Relations between poets are probably never unambiguous. In the case of Petrarch, whose voice is marked by contradictions, inconsistencies, and struggles (as a rhetorical form of reinstituting differences between his positions and those of his opponents), ambiguities with respect to Dante can hardly come as a surprise. ...
Chapter 5 Petrarch as the Metaphysical Poet Who Is Not Dante: Metaphysical Markers at the Beginning of the Rerum vulgarium fragmenta (Rvf 1–21)
The fundamental Petrarchan problematic, apparent in all his work, is the metaphysical issue of the one and the many. Singular versus plural, whole versus fragment, the one versus the many: this is Petrarch’s abiding theme, and it is a metaphysical one. My argument is that Petrarch is a metaphysical poet, and that metaphysical concerns, ...
Chapter 6 Subjectivity and Conversion in Dante and Petrarch
Conversion, in the paradigmatic form realized by Saint Augustine in both life and literature, is a thematic obsession across much of Petrarch’s work, surfacing and resurfacing in works as varied as the Secretum, the Canzoniere, the Familiares, the De vita solitaria, the De otio religioso, the Bucolicum Carmen, the Itinerarium, ...
Part 3 Tradition
Chapter 7 Dante Estravagante, Petrarca Disperso, and the Spectre of the Other Woman
It has been more than twenty years since Marco Santagata, in his article “Dante in Petrarca,” lamented that the history of Dante and Petrarch studies can for the most part be summed up as Dante versus Petrarch.1 Although they were near contemporaries, inhabiting contiguous worlds, as brilliantly illustrated by Giuseppe Billanovich ...
Chapter 8 Dante, Petrarch, and the Laurel Crown
With regard to poetic coronation, Italian poets of the fourteenth century received from antiquity a double legacy: one part an individual, literary sanction, the other a collective, historical one. Ovid’s tale in the Metamorphoses of Apollo’s pursuit of a nymph who was transformed into a laurel tree culminates in the god claiming ...
Chapter 9 Places and Times of the Liturgy from Dante to Petrarch
In a celebrated letter, FAMILIARES 6.2, Petrarch recounts perambulations with the Dominican Giovanni Colonna through Rome, possibly shortly after the poet’s coronation on 8 April 1341.1 In the letter, which has long been taken as in some sense marking the “beginning of the Renaissance,” a review of locations marking ...
Index of Names and Notable Matters
Index of Works by Dante and Petrarch
Page Count: 496
Publication Year: 2009
OCLC Number: 694144530
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