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The Unattainable South African Paradise

  • Anita Virga

Whether Dante was part of a hegemonic discourse or a counter one, he helped to shape identities, create new ones, re-imagined old ones. However, for these young South African students whose contributions are collected in this book Paradise as a place of the future seems to remain an unattainable mirage. For them South Africa is locked in a present which cannot overcome its past and cannot imagine its future; an eternal Purgatory, which ironically enough for Dante is the only non-eternal place of the afterlife.

  • Keywords:
  • Dante in South Africa,
  • Dante's Purgatorio,
  • Post-Apatheid South Africa,
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Anita Virga

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa - ORCID: 0000-0002-7600-4919

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Chapter Information

Chapter Title

The Unattainable South African Paradise

Authors

Anita Virga

Language

English

DOI

10.36253/978-88-5518-458-8.09

Peer Reviewed

Publication Year

2021

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© 2021 Author(s)

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Book Title

A South African Convivio with Dante

Book Subtitle

Born Frees’ Interpretations of the Commedia

Editors

Anita Virga, Sonia Fanucchi

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Number of Pages

212

Publication Year

2021

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© 2021 Author(s)

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CC BY 4.0

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Firenze University Press

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10.36253/978-88-5518-458-8

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978-88-5518-457-1

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Studi e saggi

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2704-6478

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2704-5919

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