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Imagination, Shadows, Dante
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
2016 (English)In: Fiction and Figuration in High and Late Medieval Literature / [ed] Marianne Pade, Anders Cullhed, Anders Hallengren, Brian Møller Jensen, Roma: Quasar, 2016, p. 93-106Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper examines some instances of Dante’s use of the medieval concept of imagination (phantasia sive imaginatio), very different, to be sure, from its modern derivatives. After a short look at the Late Antique and early medieval history of this concept, the article highlights a few examples of its reappearance, coloured by an unexceptional scepticism, in Dante’s early work (particularly the Vita nuova). On the other hand, Dante’s implementations of imagination in the Comedy are conspicuously complex, ranging from an Augustinian distrust to more confident attitudes. The latter, sometimes associated with prophetic modes of writing, are in turn traced back to early and high medieval auctoritates, such as the Carolingian monk John Scotus Eriugena, the Scottish friar Richard of St. Victor and Thomas Aquinas.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Roma: Quasar, 2016. p. 93-106
Series
Analecta Romana Instituti Danici. Supplementum, ISSN 0066-1406 ; 47
Keywords [en]
Dante, Fictionality, Imagination, Divine Comedy, Vita nova
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General Literature Studies
Research subject
Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-138543ISBN: 978-88-7140-744-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-138543DiVA, id: diva2:1067617
Conference
Fiction and Figuration in High and Late Medieval Literature
Projects
Fiction & Figuration: Studies in High and Late Medieval Literature
Funder
Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation
Note

Relazioni presentate alla Conferenza internazionale tenuta a Roma nel 2013.

Available from: 2017-01-22 Created: 2017-01-22 Last updated: 2019-10-22Bibliographically approved

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