The Resource Dante, Columbus and the prophetic tradition : spiritual imperialism in the Italian imagination, Mary Alexandra Watt

Dante, Columbus and the prophetic tradition : spiritual imperialism in the Italian imagination, Mary Alexandra Watt

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Dante, Columbus and the prophetic tradition : spiritual imperialism in the Italian imagination
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Dante, Columbus and the prophetic tradition
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spiritual imperialism in the Italian imagination
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Mary Alexandra Watt
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eng
Summary
Exploring the diverse factors that persuaded Christopher Columbus that he could reach the fabled "East" by sailing west, this book considers, first, the impact of Dante's Divine Comedy and the apocalyptic prophetic tradition that it reflects, on Columbus's perception both of the cosmos and the eschatological meaning of his journey to what he called an 'other world.' In so doing, the book considers how affinities between himself and the exiled poet might have led Columbus to see himself as a divinely appointed agent of the apocalypse and his enterprise as the realization of the spiritual journey chronicled in the Comedy. As part of this study, the book necessarily examines the cultural space that Dante's poem, its geography, cosmography and eschatology, enjoyed in late fifteenth century Spain as well as Columbus's own exposure to it. As it considers how Italian writers and artists of the late Renaissance and Counter Reformation received the news of Columbus's 'discovery' and appropriated the figure of Dante and the pseudo-prophecy of the Comedy to interpret its significance, the book examines how Tasso, Ariosto, Stradano and Stigliani, in particular, forge a link between Dante and Columbus to present the latter as an inheritor of an apostolic tradition that traces back to the Aeneid. It further highlights the extent to which Italian writers working in the context of the Counter Reformation, use a Dantean filter to propagate the notion of Columbus as a new Paul, that is, a divinely appointed apostle to the New World, and the Roman Church and as the rightful emperor of the souls encountered there.--Back cover
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Watt, Mary Alexandra
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illustrations
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index present
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PQ4419.P74
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W38 2017
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non fiction
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  • Dante Alighieri
  • Dante Alighieri
  • Columbus, Christopher
  • Columbus, Christopher
  • Dante Alighieri
  • Prophecy in literature
  • Eschatology in literature
  • Eschatology in literature
  • Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • Prophecy in literature
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Dante, Columbus and the prophetic tradition : spiritual imperialism in the Italian imagination, Mary Alexandra Watt
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-183) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : setting sail -- Columbus' journey to the end of the world -- The new Jerusalem and the end of time -- Earthly paradise and the westward trajectory -- "Beyond the curve of the sea" : Columbus and Dante -- Ulysses, Columbus and human folly -- Columbus, Aeneas and Paul -- An Italian apostle to the New World -- Trouble in paradise: Ariosto, Fracastoro and Gambara -- Tasso, Stella and the apotheosis of Columbus -- Chiabrera, Stiglani and a world turned inside out -- Epilogue : homeward bound
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25 cm
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vii, 185 pages
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9781472488886
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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n
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illustrations
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  • (OCoLC)958781593
  • (OCoLC)ocn958781593
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Dante, Columbus and the prophetic tradition : spiritual imperialism in the Italian imagination, Mary Alexandra Watt
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-183) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : setting sail -- Columbus' journey to the end of the world -- The new Jerusalem and the end of time -- Earthly paradise and the westward trajectory -- "Beyond the curve of the sea" : Columbus and Dante -- Ulysses, Columbus and human folly -- Columbus, Aeneas and Paul -- An Italian apostle to the New World -- Trouble in paradise: Ariosto, Fracastoro and Gambara -- Tasso, Stella and the apotheosis of Columbus -- Chiabrera, Stiglani and a world turned inside out -- Epilogue : homeward bound
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
vii, 185 pages
Isbn
9781472488886
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)958781593
  • (OCoLC)ocn958781593

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