Idealistic and distorted: Dante’s vision of the city becomes its own travesty in hell Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
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  • Debs, Jenna Michelle
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Romance Studies
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  • Dante Alighieri's pride in being a Florentine citizen is clearly demonstrated in his life choices and in his writings. Attempting for years as a public official and then as a writer to influence public opinion, Dante's eventual exile out of his beloved Florence led to the most powerful work of his career, the writing of the Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. In the Inferno, Dante takes his boldest, explicit steps in representing his own judgments as to what has become of his beloved and ideal city, and what should happen to those in power, and thus responsible for its downfall. Throughout this thesis, various themes of the ideal city, their parodies, and their distortions in the Inferno of La Divina Commedia will be explored.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Department of Romance Languages (Italian)."
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  • Cervigni, Dino S.
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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