The Complete Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the Divine Comedy

EPUB The Complete Danteworlds A Reader S Guide To The Divine Comedy Author Guy P Raffa Dante Alighieri S Divine Comedy Has, Despite Its Enormous Popularity And Importance, Often Stymied Readers With Its Multitudinous Characters, References, And Themes But Until The Publication In 2007 Of Guy Raffa S Guide To TheInferno, Students Lacked A Suitable Resource To Help Them Navigate Dante S Underworld With This New Guide To The Entire Divine Comedy, Raffa Provides Readers Experts In The Middle Ages And Renaissance, Dante Neophytes, And Everyone In Between With A Map Of The Entire Poem, From The Lowest Circle Of Hell To The Highest Sphere Of Paradise.Based On Raffa S Original Research And His Many Years Of Teaching The Poem To Undergraduates, The Complete Danteworlds Charts A Simultaneously Geographical And Textual Journey, Canto By Canto, Region By Region, Adhering Closely To The Path Taken By Dante Himself Through Hell, Purgatory, And Paradise This Invaluable Reference Also Features Study Questions, Illustrations Of The Realms, And Regional Summaries Interpreting Dante S Poem And His Sources, Raffa Fashions Detailed Entries On Each Character Encountered As Well As On Many Significant Historical, Religious, And Cultural Allusions.The Complete Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the Divine Comedy

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  • Paperback
  • 392 pages
  • The Complete Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the Divine Comedy
  • Guy P. Raffa
  • English
  • 01 September 2019
  • 9780226702704

10 thoughts on “The Complete Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the Divine Comedy

  1. says:

    This has been an excellent companion during my read of Dante s Commedia It has been my Virgil, my Beatrice, and my Saint Bernard It has held me by the hand as I proceeded, together with the Dante group, to read a Canto a Day, or 100 days 1 33 33 33 It was a parallel read.Most Dante editions come loaded with footnotes and these, though necessary, make the reading somewhat cumbersome One has to interrupt one s walking pace continually.Guy P Raffa is a Professor at the University of Texas in Austin In parallel to the book there is the website which I however have not used I believe other people in the group did.The book is organized in thee large sections, corresponding to the three books of the Commedia Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso But within these there are many smaller Units covering between 2 5 Cantos each The Units then have various Segments The first deals with the overall theme of the grouping, which helps tremendously It is followed by Encounters which gives us the background to the many personalities that Dante encounters in his pilgrimage These can be his contemporaries, in the very complex political world of the Mediterranean world, as well as mythological and Christian figures from earlier times As most of these characters do not belong to our culture, this information is very welcom...

  2. says:

    Although I liked Guy Raffa s book and found it helpful, I have mixed feelings about recommending it Those who will find it of the most help are those who do not have notes included with their version of The Divine Comedy something all the public domain editions lack, so far that I ve seen , or only cursory notes I ve heard on good authority that the Ciardi and Hollander translations both have copious notes to go with the text though I haven t seen them myself , so in those cases, Raffa s book may be superfluous Another reason I m on the fence about it is because I felt that in the end, it was still rather superficial Perhaps to be the kind of book I was hoping that it would be, it would have been twice as long still, Raffa s book is a handy summation of the events and the allusions, but not much on critical insights Over the course of reading The Divine Comedy, I used several translations and three different fre e books downloaded for kindle The first, a translation by James Sibbald in 1884 The Inferno had a good enough set of notes when I double checked The Complete Danteworlds, I felt it was redundent For Purgatorio, I found a transla...

  3. says:

    A resourceful guide to the Divine Comedy The Divine Comedy is an epic poem and often difficult to understand and interpret by the contemporary reader This reader s guide by Raffa is very helpful in making sense of the poem and analysing its structure as well a...

  4. says:

    Very helpfull

  5. says:

    It was helpful on some level, but it didn t make me excited to be reading the Divine Comedy.

  6. says:

    Guy Raffa s The Complete Danteworlds is an excellent entry text for coming to terms with the forbidding world of Medieval Florentine Italian history and politics as well as an excellent book for explaining Dante s Divine Comedy It appears to have been written with educators, high school teachers at least, in mind, for at the end of each chapter there are a list of study questions The writing is clear but occasionally condescending there are several instance in which Mr Raffa speaks down to the reader by offering information on biblical references that anyone with a passing acquaintance of Western intellectual history would have, or could easily look up For this reason this book has lost one star in its rating There may, of course, be those who miss these references but how could they be interested in Dante Personal opinion, but, really, how can you b...

  7. says:

    This is a solid companion for the Divine Comedy I wouldn t recommend reading it independently of TDC, but rather alongside it TDC is simply too dense and the details in Danteworlds to specific to be of much benefit unless you have the text fresh in your mind while reading this Each section in Danteworlds begins with a summary of the Circle, Terrace or Sphere in question followed by notes and comments My recommendation would be to read the Danteworlds summary first, followed by the Cantos in TDC that were just summarized and then return to Danteworlds for the additional notes It should be noted that if you re reading an annotated edition of Dante which you absolutely should be The text is simply too difficult for most of us to attempt without some academic aid , a fair amount of the material in Danteworlds is likely going to overlap with the notes in your annotated edition Because of that, I wouldn t consider this by any means a requir...

  8. says:

    This is an excellent companion through Dante s Commedia Translation that I used is really fantastic but I m glad that I choose to read this book along with Commedia as it gives insight into the things you probably missed or didn t understand and Commedia is full of those Recommended

  9. says:

    A fabulous companion while reading the Divine Comedy It helps to reflect upon the work and the provides significant quotes, study questions and the definition of certain symbols Certainly a must have if you are to take a course on Dante s Divine Comedy.

  10. says:

    A great reference for anyone reading the Divine Comedy who feels a little lost

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