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Reading Dante with Images

Editor: Matthew Collins
Publishing Manager: Johan Van der Beke
Imprint: Harvey Miller
Details List of Publications

Method of peer review
double-blind undertaken by a specialist member of the Board or an external specialist

Dante, Medievalism, Reception History, Medieval, Renaissance, Literary Illustration, Commedia, Lectura Dantis, Book Illustration, Italy

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The Lectura Dantis is among the most traditional modes of studying Dante’s Commedia. This series undertakes a new approach to conducting canto by canto studies of the poem, in keeping with this tradition, while simultaneously engaging in an innovative way with the work's vast illustration history. Important Dante scholars with a diversity of methodological and conceptual backgrounds will contribute chapters focused on a canto of their choice in which they conduct a close reading of that canto while also engaging with selections of its illustrations, exploring the manners in which the images relate to the text, and even, how the images have informed their readings of the text. Such an approach has never been taken up before in a systematic fashion. The series will continue until all 100 cantos have been covered. A student or scholar of Dante will thus have, in the end, a chapter to consult on any given canto that explores its visually-oriented qualities. In direct relation to the Commedia, this series sheds new light on these cantos, on selected illustrations and illustrators, and on the poem’s ekphratic tendencies. More broadly, this series will demonstrate a wide variety of models for engaging with illustrated literature, of use to scholars working on any well-illustrated literary work. It thus fits into broader interests, in theory and/or practice, concerning the relations between images and texts that has in recent years been of noteworthy interest to art historians and literary scholars.


    Editorial Board:
    Albert Ascoli (UC Berkeley)
    Zygmunt Barański (University of Notre Dame, University of Cambridge)
    Marcello Ciccuto (University of Pisa)
    Unn Falkeid (Univeristy of Oslo)
    Luca Marcozzi (Università Roma Tre)
    Arielle Saiber (Bowdoin College)


    Main Language: English

    Single-blind or double-blind undertaken by a specialist member of the Board or an external specialist

    All volumes in this series are evaluated by an Editorial Board, strictly on academic grounds, based on reports prepared by referees who have been commissioned by virtue of their specialism in the appropriate field. The Board ensures that the screening is done independently and without conflicts of interest. The definitive texts supplied by authors are also subject to review by the Board before being approved for publication.

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