Depicting Dante in Anglo-Italian Literary and Visual Arts: Allegory, Authority and Authenticity now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Depicting Dante in Anglo-Italian Literary and Visual Arts: Allegory, Authority and Authenticity by Christoph Lehner.
In the course of 750 years, Dante Alighieri has been made into a universally important icon deeply engrained in the world’s cultural memory. This book examines key stages of Dante’s appropriation in Western cultural history by exploring the intermedial relationship between Dante’s Divina Commedia, the tradition of his iconography, and selected historical, literary and artistic responses from British artists in the 19th and 20th centuries. The images and iconographies created out of Dantean appropriations almost always centre around the triad of allegory, authority and authenticity. These three important aspects of revisiting Dante are found in the Dantean image fostered in Florence in the 14th and 15th centuries and feature prominently in the works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, T. S. Eliot and Tom Phillips. Their appropriation of Dante represents landmarks in the productive reception of the Florentine, and is invariably linked to a tradition of Dante studies established in Britain during the middle of the 19th century.
The main focus of this study, therefore, is on how Dante’s image was fixed in the first 200 years of his appropriation in Florence, how fruitfully the Dantean images and his text have been taken up and used for creative and intellectual production in Britain over the course of the past centuries, and what moral, literary, or political messages they continue to convey.
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About the Author
Christoph Lehner studied English Literature, Romance Languages, Art History and Philosophy at the universities of Regensburg, Pisa, and Florence, and at Queens’ College, Cambridge. He has published several articles on Dante’s visual reception in Britain, and co-edited the publication Dante and Milton: Envisioned Visionaries (2015). He holds a PhD in British Studies from Regensburg University, and currently works as a university lecturer and a secondary school teacher in English and Italian.