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- DescriptionAn uncompleted manuscript that combines lyric poetry and prose commentary, the Banquet (or Convivio) is one of Dante Alighieri's most important and least understood philosophical texts. As Maria Luisa Ardizzone shows, its language and logic are deeply connected to medieval culture and the philosophical debates of the thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. In Reading as the Angels Read, Ardizzone reconstructs the cultural and socio-political background that provided the motivation for the Banquet and offers a bold new reading of this ambitious work. Drawing on a deep kwledge of Dante's engagement with biblical, Augustinian, Neoplatonic, and Aristotelian philosophy, she suggests that the Banquet is t an encyclopedia of learning as many have claimed, but Dante's attempt to articulate a theory of human happiness in which perfect kwledge is the natural basis for a well-organized political community.
- Author BiographyMaria Luisa Ardizzone is a professor in the Department of Italian Studies at New York University.
- Author(s)Maria Luisa Ardizzone
- PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press
- Date of Publication18/03/2016
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleToronto Italian Studies
- Place of PublicationToronto
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintUniversity of Toronto Press
- Weight840 g
- Width166 mm
- Height236 mm
- Spine34 mm
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