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The Oxford Handbook of Dante contains forty-four specially written chapters that provide a thorough and creative reading of Dante's oeuvre. It gathers an intergenerational and international team of scholars encompassing diverse approaches from the fields of Anglo-American, Italian, and continental scholarship and spanning several disciplines: philology, material culture, history, religion, art history, visual studies, theory from the classical to the contemporary, queer, post- and de-colonial, and feminist studies. The volume combines a rigorous reassessment of Dante's formation, themes, and sources, with a theoretically up-to-date focus on textuality, thereby offering a new critical Dante. The volume is divided into seven sections: 'Texts and Textuality'; 'Dialogues'; 'Transforming Knowledge'; Space(s) and Places'; 'A Passionate Selfhood'; 'A Non-linear Dante'; and 'Nachleben'. It seeks to challenge the Commedia-centric approach (the conviction that notwithstanding its many contradictions, Dante's works move towards the great reservoir of poetry and ideas that is the Commedia), in order to bring to light a non-teleological way in which these works relate amongst themselves. Plurality and the openness of interpretation appear as Dante's very mark, coexisting with the attempt to create an all-encompassing mastership. The Handbook suggests what is exciting about Dante now and indicate where Dante scholarship is going, or can go, in a global context.

Manuele Gragnolati (Full Professor of Medieval Italian Literature, Full Professor of Medieval Italian Literature, Sorbonne Universite), Elena Lombardi (Professor of Italian Literature and Paget Toynbee Fellow, Professor of Italian Literature and Paget Toynbee Fellow, Balliol College, Oxford), Francesca Southerden (Associate Professor of Medieval Italian, Associate Professor of Medieval Italian, Somerville College, Oxford)

Manuele Gragnolati, Co-editor, is Professor of Medieval Italian Literature at Sorbonne Universite, Associate Director of the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, and Senior Research Fellow at Somerville College, Oxford. He is the author of Experiencing the Afterlife: Soul and Body in Dante and Medieval Culture (2005) and Amor che move. Linguaggio del corpo e forma del desiderio in Dante and Medieval Culture (2013), and the co-editor of several volumes, including Desire in Dante and the Middle Ages (2012) and Vita nova. Fiore. Epistola XIII (2018). Elena Lombardi is Professor of Italian Literature at Oxford, and the Paget Toynbee Fellow at Balliol College. She is the author of The Syntax of Desire: Language and Love in Augustine, the Modistae and Dante (2007), The Wings of the Doves: Love and Desire in Dante and Medieval Culture (2012), and Imagining the Woman Reader in the Age of Dante (2018). Francesca Southerden is Associate Professor of Medieval Italian at Somerville College, Oxford. She has written several articles on Dante and Petrarch and is author of Landscapes of Desire in the Poetry of Vittorio Sereni (2012). She is currently working on Dante and Petrarch in the Garden of Language.

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