Dante the Lyric and Ethical Poet
Dante lirico e etico

Edited by Zygmunt G. Barański and Martin McLaughlin

Legenda (General Series)


23 April 2010  •  260pp

ISBN: 978-1-906540-04-3 (hardback)  •  RRP £80, $110, €95

ISBN: 978-1-351194-51-8 (Taylor & Francis ebook)


This book presents the proceedings of the fifth and final meeting of the International Dante Seminar. The papers, given by some of the leading international scholars of the poet – from Italy, the UK and the USA – address four major topics of particular concern to present-day Dante studies: Dante as a lyric poet; Dante as an ethical poet; Dante and the Eclogues; and Dante in nineteenth-century Britain. These topics reflect both areas which are currently the subject of heated critical debate (several new editions of the lyric poems have recently appeared or are in preparation, and the ethical dimension of Dante’s works is very much under discussion) and areas which are long overdue a reassessment (Dante’s remarkable revival of Latin pastoral poetry, and the extraordinary British contribution to Dante studies in the nineteenth century). As this set of conference proceedings makes clear, in Dante and in his legacy, ethics and poetry are inseparable.

Zygmunt G. Baranski is Serena Professor of Italian, University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Murray Edwards College. Martin McLaughlin is Agnelli-Serena Professor of Italian Studies at the University of Oxford, and Fellow of Magdalen College.


  • ‘The essay by Justin Steinberg deserves emphasis... it makes a significant contribution to modern Dante scholarship. In a well-argued and well-documented approach, Steinberg discusses Dante’s dreams in Vita nova and the author’s use of dreams to explore questions of truth and fiction.’ — Unn Falkeid, Renaissance Quarterly 64.1, Spring 2011, 157-58
  • ‘All in all, then, this is an impressive volume—a shade formidable, I would say, in respect of its user unfriendliness (acres of text on the page and a rather intrusive accumulation of translations and references in the body of the text)—but impressive for all that.’ — John Took, Modern Language Review 107.1, January 2012, 290-92 (full text online)


Salus, venus, virtus. Poetica, politica ed etica tra il De vulgari eloquentia e la Commedia
Claire E. Honess
Desiderio naturale, nobiltà dell’anima e grazia divina nel iv trattato del Convivio
Paolo Falzone
‘E lascia pur grattar...’: Language, Narrative and Ethics in the Commedia
Robin Kirkpatrick, George Corbett
Trasformazioni e assenze: la performance della Vita nova e le figure di Dante e Cavalcanti
Manuele Gragnolati
Dante’s First Dream between Reception and Allegory: The Response to Dante da Maiano in the Vita nova
Justin Steinberg
Dante: l’amore come destino
Claudio Giunta
Il problema dello stile umile (e il riso di Dante)
Claudia Villa
Le Egloghe di Dante e l’antro di Polifemo
Lino Pertile
Dante ‘Tityrus annosus’ (Egloghe, iv. 12)
Paola Allegretti
Dante, Leopardi and The City of Dreadful Night
Michael Caesar
Notes on the British Contribution to the Nineteenth-Century Rise of Dante Studies: Edward Moore and the Text of the Commedia
John Lindon

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Barański, Zygmunt G., and Martin McLaughlin (eds), Dante the Lyric and Ethical Poet: Dante lirico e etico (Cambridge: Legenda, 2010)

First footnote reference: 35 Dante the Lyric and Ethical Poet: Dante lirico e etico, ed. by Zygmunt G. Barański and Martin McLaughlin (Cambridge: Legenda, 2010), p. 21.

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