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What do we talk about when we talk about Dante’s reception?
in Dante beyond influence
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The introduction lays out the aims and scope of the book and outlines its methodology. It begins by questioning the current models of representation of the reception phenomenon, exploring the effects of the systematic prioritisation of the analysis of the ‘aesthetically productive’ encounters with Dantean textuality in past and present scholarship. It introduces a new model of representation for the phenomenon, recovering the supple notion of “literature” set forth by Paget Toynbee’s Dante in English Literature (1909) in order to reaffirm the historical value and cultural significance of interpretive responses found in criticism and scholarship produced between 1865 and 1921. It illustrates how a material and book-historical approach can provide a detailed reconstruction of the contextual conditions that fostered the hermeneutic turn in Victorian dantismo.

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Dante beyond influence

Rethinking reception in Victorian literary culture

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