Dante's British Public: Readers and Texts, from the Fourteenth Century to the Present

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This is the first account of Dante's reception in English to address full chronological span of that process. Individual authors and periods have been studied before, but Dante's British Public takes a wider and longer view, using a selection of vivid and detailed case studies to record and
place in context some of the wider conversations about and appropriations of Dante that developed in Britain across more than six centuries, as access to his work extended and diversified. Much of the evidence is based on previously unpublished material in (for example) letters, journals,
annotations and inventories and is drawn from archives in the UK and across the world, from Milan to Mumbai and from Berlin to Cape Town.

Throughout, the role of Anglo-Italian cultural contacts and intermediaries in shaping the public understanding of Dante in Britain is given prominence - from clerics and merchants around Chaucer's time, through itinerant scholars, collectors and tourists in the early modern period, to the exiles and
expatriates of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The final chapter brings the story up to the present, showing how the poet's work has been seen (from the fourteenth century onwards) as accessible to 'the many', and demonstrating some of the means by which Dante has reached a yet wider British
public over the past century, particularly through translation, illustration, and various forms of performance.

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ISBN-13: 9780199212446
ISBN-10: 0199212449
Pagini: 374
Ilustrații: 25 black-and-white halftones
Dimensiuni: 165 x 240 x 29 mm
Greutate: 0.73 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP Oxford
Locul publicării: Oxford, United Kingdom


Nick Havely charts in exemplary detail how Dante's texts first came to the British Isles ... and surveys what was for some centuries a restricted, mainly aristocratic readership.
The whole volume is fascinating, full of original scholarship and full of interest ... Dantes British Public is a very substantial and original contribution to Dante studies, and a really important resource for other scholars in this field ... Meticulously footnoted, with a full bibliography, this will be a truly generative book, encouraging others to develop the many leads offered throughout to further research.
A compelling narrative that ... moves easily between the disciplines of literary criticism, bibliography, reception studies, and art history ... This study will become a standard text for scholars interested in the ebb and flow of Dante's reputation.
A masterly contribution to this field ... Havely's study offers deeply contextualized and original readings of a multitude of encounters with Dante ... It deserves to become an essential point of reference for all scholars of Dante's reception and Anglo-Italian relations.
Havely's ambitious book is an informative work on the wide scope of Dante's reception and popularity ... it is recommended to scholars interested in the reception of Italian literary works abroad, and in the historical progress of Dante's fame.
Readers curious about the expanding English impacts of this poem, as we now mark seven centuries since it appeared, will consult Havely with appreciation for the careful research he has compiled here.
In this new book [Nick Havely] develops a comprehensive line of study which runs from the fourteenth century to the present ... The result is a highly painstaking, judicious and concise study.
The book coincides with a great wave of reception studies exploring the uses and abuses of the past over the course of time, but it is much more than a cultural history of Dante's Anglo-Saxon afterlife. Tracing the physical travels of books - where they originated and arrived - Havely aims to reconstruct the material geography of Dante's anglicization: from Milan to Mumbai, from Berlin to Cape Town.

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Nick Havely is Emeritus Professor of English and Related Literature at the University of York, where he taught courses on Dante and medieval literature for over thirty years. His main research interests have been in Anglo-Italian contacts from the Middle Ages onwards, and his publications include Dante's Modern Afterlife (1998), Dante (Blackwell Guides to Literature) (2007) and Dante in the Long Nineteenth Century (2012). He has receivedresearch awards from the AHRB and the Leverhulme Trust, and his next project, supported by a fellowship from the Bogliasco Foundation, will be on travel and travellers in the Tuscan Apennines.