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“Dante, Can I Lead You?” South African students write back (across seven centuries and a hemisphere)

  • Chris Thurman

This account of the essays, poems and stories collected in the present volume reflects on the authors’ diverse forms of engagement with Dante via the implications of proximity and distance. In what ways do these students signal affinity with Dante – his historical context, his writerly persona – and in what ways do they subvert or challenge the world view (or the cosmic order) represented in the Commedia? How does their location in South Africa in the twenty-first century, as a particular kind of temporal and spatial dislocation from Italy in the fourteenth century, enable their creative and critical responses to Dante’s work?

  • Keywords:
  • Dante in South Africa,
  • Dante in translation,
  • teaching Dante,
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Chris Thurman

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa - ORCID: 0000-0001-5854-3145

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  2. Kott, Jan. 1966. Shakespeare Our Contemporary. Garden City, N.Y.: Anchor Books.
  3. Ngũgĩ wa, Thiong’o. 1986. Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature. London: James Currey.
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Chapter Information

Chapter Title

“Dante, Can I Lead You?” South African students write back (across seven centuries and a hemisphere)

Authors

Chris Thurman

Language

English

DOI

10.36253/978-88-5518-458-8.05

Peer Reviewed

Publication Year

2021

Copyright Information

© 2021 Author(s)

Content License

CC BY 4.0

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CC0 1.0

Bibliographic Information

Book Title

A South African Convivio with Dante

Book Subtitle

Born Frees’ Interpretations of the Commedia

Editors

Sonia Fanucchi, Anita Virga

Peer Reviewed

Number of Pages

212

Publication Year

2021

Copyright Information

© 2021 Author(s)

Content License

CC BY 4.0

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CC0 1.0

Publisher Name

Firenze University Press

DOI

10.36253/978-88-5518-458-8

ISBN Print

978-88-5518-457-1

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978-88-5518-458-8

Series Title

Studi e saggi

Series ISSN

2704-6478

Series E-ISSN

2704-5919

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