This is a study on the literary relation between Beckett and Dante. It is a reading of Samuel Beckett and Dante's works and a critical engagement with contemporary theories of intertextuality. The book gives a reading of Beckett's work, detecting previously unknown quotations, allusions to, and parodies of Dante in Beckett's fiction and criticism. It is aimed at the scholarly communities interested in literatures in English, literary and critical theory, comparative literature and theory, French literature and theory and Italian studies.
Matthew Arnold’s criticism in Victorian periodicals
Arnold’s private life and public
works that has remained largely unexplored. What kind of ‘flight’
was Arnold’s hermeneutic interest for Dante? Was it short,
circular or all encompassing? And how does it stand the challenge of
close (textual) analysis?
The answers to these questions are conditional to re-evaluating
the condition of material fragmentation that characterises his critical
discourse on Dante. More substantially
Detecting Dante in Joyce
The early Beckett essay ‘Dante…Bruno.Vico..Joyce’, was written in 1929 at Joyce’s suggestion about the debt of Work in Progress to Dante, Bruno, and Vico. 1 The essay opens by claiming that ‘the danger is in the neatness of identifications’; such ‘neatness’ can reduce the comparison to ‘a carefully folded hamsandwich’, an act of ‘pigeon-holing’ or of ‘book-keeping’ (19). Rather than limiting the analysis to the passages where ‘explicit illustration’ of one text within another can be
On the evening of 16 September 1834, the
twenty-five-year-old William E. Gladstone picked up his hard-covered pocket
journal to write a ‘skeleton-like’ account of the day spent at
Fasque, his family home in Scotland (Foot, 1968–94: xix). Among the
noteworthy events, the future British Prime Minister wrote: ‘began
Dante’s Commedia, read Canto 1’ (GD [ The Gladstone
Diaries ] 18/09/34). As he jotted down the entry in
Philip H. Wicksteed and Victorian mass readerships
’ ( Steedman , 2004). By 1918 he had given ‘nearly three hundred
extension courses’ on an assorted range of subjects: from Aristotle,
Dante and Wordsworth to drama, sociology and economics ( Steedman , 2004). Such tireless activity became
vital for his career as a published author.
Steedman in the OXDNB entry recognises that Wicksteed was
‘perhaps best-known’ among his contemporaries for his extensive
work on ‘Dante and on Dante’s relationship to the
Dante Beyond Influence provides the first systematic inquiry into the formation of the British critical and scholarly discourse on Dante in the late nineteenth century (1865–1921). Overcoming the primacy of literary influence and intertextuality, it instead historicises and conceptualises the hermeneutic turn in British reception history as the product of major transformations in Victorian intellectual, social and publishing history. The volume unpacks the phenomenology of Victorian dantismo through the analysis of five case studies and the material examination of a newly discovered body of manuscript and print sources. Extending over a sixty-year long period, the book retraces the sophistication of the Victorian modes of readerly and writerly engagement with Dantean textuality. It charts its outward expression as a public criticism circulating in prominent nineteenth-century periodicals and elucidates its wider popularisation (and commodification) through Victorian mass-publishing. It ultimately brings forth the mechanism that led to the specialisation of the scholarly discourse and the academisation of Dante studies in traditional and extramural universities. Drawing on the new disciplines of book history and history of reading, the author provides unprecedented insight into the private intellectual life and public work of Christina Rossetti, Matthew Arnold, William E. Gladstone, and introduces a significant cohort of Dante critics, scholars and learned societies hitherto passed unnoticed. As it recaptures a long-neglected moment in Dante’s reception history, this path-breaking book illuminates the wider socio-cultural and economic impact that the Victorian hermeneutic turn had in advancing women’s access to literary and scholarly professions, educational reform and discipline formation.
than the rest and appears more exuberant; with an expansive gesture she beckons Pippa to join them, her voluptuous figure emphasized by her corseted dress and low neckline. All three sport conspicuous jewellery and have rounder faces with coarser features. Faithful to the poem, the drawing does not allow Pippa more than a sideways look in passing but in placing these opposites together Siddal has shown that neither is exclusive. Each represents an aspect of womanhood and thus an aspect of love, the essence of Dante Rossetti’s artistic and poetic philosophy which