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Authors: Dante Alighieri, Mark Musa (Editor), Mark Musa
ISBN-13: 9780253209306, ISBN-10: 0253209307
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Date Published: June 1995
Edition: 1st Edition

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Author Biography: Dante Alighieri

Book Synopsis

This new critical edition, including Mark Musa's classic translation, provides students with a clear, readable verse translation accompanied by ten innovative interpretations of Dante's masterpiece.

Library Journal

Musa (Italian, Indiana Univ.), who is noted for his translation of Dante's Vita Nuova, adds to the body of contemporary versions of the Inferno. Musa's verse translation is accurate but flattens Dante's poetry and diction; the translations of Ciardi, Mandelbaum, and, more recently, Robert Pinsky (LJ 11/1/93) are more satisfying as poetry. Furthermore, Musa's version does not include the original Italian. Of greater value are the author's detailed textual notes, bibliography of recent work on the Inferno, and collection of critical essays by the leading Dante scholars: Lawrence Baldassaro, Guy Raffa, Denise Heilbronn-Gaines, Amilcare Inannucci, Christopher Kleinhenz, Robert Hollander, Ricardo Quinones, Joan Ferrante, and John Welle. A convenient and accessible edition for academic collections.T.L. Cooksey, Armstrong State Coll., Savannah, Ga.

Table of Contents

The Inferno3
Critical Essays
Read It and (Don't) Weep: Textual Irony in the Inferno253
Dante's Beloved Yet Damned Virgil266
Inferno I: Breaking the Silence286
Dante's Inferno, Canto IV299
Behold Francesca Who Speaks So Well (Inferno V)310
Iconographic Parody in Inferno XXI325
Virgil and Dante as Mind-Readers (Inferno XXI and XXIII)340
The Plot-Line of Myth in Dante's Inferno353
Hell as the Mirror Image of Paradise367
Dante in the Cinematic Mode: An Historical Survey of Dante Movies381
Selected Bibliography: Inferno397




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