Dante, Poet of the Secular World

Dante, Poet of the Secular World

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Erich Auerbachs Dante: Poet of the Secular World is an inspiring introduction to one of worlds greatest poets as well as a brilliantly argued and still provocative essay in the history of ideas. Here Auerbach, thought by many to be the greatest of twentieth-century scholar-critics, makes the seemingly paradoxical claim that it is in the poetry of Dante, supreme among religious poets, and above all in the stanzas of his Divine Comedy, that the secular world of the modern novel ?rst took imaginative form. Auerbachs study of Dante, a precursor and necessary complement to Mimesis, his magisterial overview of realism in Western literature, illuminates both the overall structure and the individual detail of Dantes work, showing it to be an extraordinary synthesis of the sensuous and the conceptual, the particular and the universal, that redefined notions of human character and fate and opened the way into modernity.

David Brown Book Co
Erich Auerbachs Dante: Poet of the Secular World is an inspiring introduction to one of worlds greatest poets as well as a brilliantly argued and still provocative essay in the history of ideas.

Baker & Taylor
A precursor and companion to Erich Auerbach's majestic Mimesis, Dante: Poet of the Secular World is both a comprehensive introduction to the work of one of the greatest poets and a brilliantly provocative and stimulating essay in the history of ideas. Here Auerbach, acclaimed by writers and scholars as various as Terry Eagleton, Guy Davenport, and Alfred Kazin as one of the greatest critics of the twentieth century, argues paradoxically but powerfully that it is to Dante, supreme among Christian poets, that we owe the concept of the secular world. Dante's poetry, Auerbach shows, offers an extraordinary synthesis of the sensuous and the conceptual, and individual and the universal, that redefined notions of human character and fate and opened the way intomodernity.

Book News
Auerbach's analysis of Dante, first published in 1929 by Walter de Grutyer GmbH and Co., has retained all its surprise and persuasiveness through ensuing decades of Dante scholarship. Arguing that the secular world of the modern novel first took form in the Divine Comedy, Auerbach illuminates both the overall structure and the individual detail of Dante's work, showing it to be a synthesis of the sensuous and the conceptual, the particular and the universal. In his introduction, Dirda provides an overview of Auerbach's argument. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, [2007]
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781590172193
1590172191
Branch Call Number: 851x DANTE AUERB
Characteristics: xvii, 194 pages ; 21 cm

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