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This essay in comparative literature represents the first extended attempt to relate Dante's major allegorical mode to classical and medieval interpretations of epic poetry rather than to patristic biblical exegesis. It also is the first comprehensive explanation of Dante's enigmatic Ulysses. Thompson strives to shed new light not only on Dante's allegory—and thus upon the whole troubled question of exactly what an allegory was thought to be—but also on the intricate relationship between poet and poem and between Dante's spiritual journeys and his written representation of those itineraries.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Epigraph
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Part one: Three Allegorical Journeys
  1. I. Dante’s Twofold Itinerary
  2. pp. 6-11
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  1. II. Odysseus among the Allegorists
  2. pp. 12-18
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  1. III. Aeneas’s Spiritual Itinerary
  2. pp. 20-28
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  1. IV. Letter and Allegory
  2. pp. 30-33
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  1. Part two: Ulysses, Aeneas, Dante
  1. V. Ulysses and the Critics
  2. pp. 36-40
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  1. VI. Ulysses in the Commedia
  2. pp. 42-50
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  1. VII. Ulysses and Aeneas
  2. pp. 52-61
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  1. VIII. Ulysses and Dante
  2. pp. 62-73
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  1. IX. Aeneas and Dante
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421436319
Related ISBN
9781421436302
MARC Record
OCLC
1127789544
Launched on MUSE
2019-11-17
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
Funder
Mellon/NEH / Hopkins Open Publishing: Encore Editions
Creative Commons
CC-BY-NC-ND
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