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PART I. Students’ Conversations with Dante

The creative pieces in this volume reveal the complex relationship that young South African writers have with Dante and his Commedia. Notable for their personal response to the poet, they engage in a process of rewriting Dante, who appears variously as a mirror and as a remote presence against which to measure themselves. Their stories are drawn to the rich implications of Dante’s allegory, as it inscribes itself into their personal and political landscapes, offering them an alternative narrative—a new Purgatorial language of change, despair, and hope—in which to frame the South African experience.

  • Keywords:
  • Dante’s Purgatorio,
  • Postcolonial Dante,
  • Dante in translation,
  • Dante pedagogy,
  • Dante’s reception,
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  5. le Goff, Jacques.1984. The Birth of Purgatory, translated Arthur Goldhammer. Aldershot: Scholar Press.
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  7. Turner, Victor, Turner, Edith. 1978. Image and Pilgrimage in Christian Culture. New York: Columbia University Press.
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  10. Alighieri, Dante. 2004. La Vita Nuova, translated by Barbara Reynolds. Penguin Books: London.
  11. Alighieri, Dante. 2005. Inferno, translated by Anthony Esolen. Modern Library: New York.
  12. Alighieri, Dante. 2019. The Divine Comedy, translated by Steve Ellis. Vintage Classics: London.
  13. Solmi, Sergio. 1968. “Sotto il cielo pacato di novembre.” In Dal Balcone. Milano: Mondadori.
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Chapter Title

PART I. Students’ Conversations with Dante

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English

DOI

10.36253/978-88-5518-458-8.5

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2021

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Book Title

A South African Convivio with Dante

Book Subtitle

Born Frees’ Interpretations of the Commedia

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Sonia Fanucchi, Anita Virga

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212

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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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Studi e saggi

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2704-6478

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2704-5919

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