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Dante : Poet of the Secular World (Paperback)

Author: Auerbach, Erich

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A precursor and companion to Erich Auerbach's majestic "Mimesis," "Dante: Poet of the Secular World" is both a comprehensive introduction to the work of one of the greatest poets and a brilliantly provocative and stimulating essay in the history of ideas. Here Auerbach, acclaimed by writers and scholars as various as Terry Eagleton, Guy Davenport, and Alfred Kazin as one of the greatest critics of the twentieth century, argues paradoxically but powerfully that it is to Dante, supreme among Christian poets, that we owe the concept of the secular world. Dante's poetry, Auerbach shows, offers an extraordinary synthesis of the sensuous and the conceptual, and individual and the universal, that redefined notions of human character and fate and opened the way into modernity.
CONTENTS
I. Historical Introduction; The Idea of Man in Literature
II. Dante's Early Poetry
III. The Subject of the "Comedy"
IV. The Structure of the "Comedy"
V. The Presentation
VI. The Survival and Transformation of Dante's Vision of Reality
Notes
Index

Specifications

Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9781590172193
SKU 202935025
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1590172191
Release Date 1/16/2007
Product Attributes
Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0195
Publisher New York Review of Books
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