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Releasing the Prisoners of Hope: Dante’s Purgatorio Breaks the Chains of the Born Frees

  • Victor Houliston

Beginning with a tribute to the late Chris 'Zithulele' Mann, a poet and activist who was deeply immersed in Dante, this chapter comments on some of the patterns that emerge from the creative contributions of the Dantessa students. Two authors affirm and explore ideas of black womanhood by appealing to Beatrice and Francesca, potentially combining the two figures. Several authors are acutely aware of the purgatorial condition of post-apartheid South Africa, suggesting a long and arduous march to freedom. The image of flight recurs: thrice, madly, into the inferno and once, temporarily, in limbo. These lively responses to La Commedia prompt the question: what kind of literary studies is proper to purgatory, and elicit a tentative reply, urging a re-invention of the discipline of letters.

  • Keywords:
  • black feminism,
  • post-apartheid literary studies,
  • Chris Mann,
  • long march to freedom,
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Victor Houliston

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa - ORCID: 0000-0002-8766-914X

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Chapter Title

Releasing the Prisoners of Hope: Dante’s Purgatorio Breaks the Chains of the Born Frees

Authors

Victor Houliston

Language

English

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10.36253/978-88-5518-458-8.07

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2021

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A South African Convivio with Dante

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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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Firenze University Press

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