Foundation Sacrifice in Dante's Commedia

By (author) Ricardo J. Quinones

Paperback - £24.95

Publication date:

15 September 1994

Length of book:

150 pages


Penn State University Press

ISBN-13: 9780271028033

Foundation Sacrifice in Dante's "Commedia" is the first book to take an anthropological approach to the Divine Comedy, applying it to a previously unexplored dimension of Dante's great poem. Ricardo Quinones examines foundation sacrifice—the death of another that has become a parable for existence—as a unifying theme that connects the three parts of the poem. In the process, Quinones gives new life to the Purgatorio, treating it not only as a sequel but actually as a dramatic response—in revealing detail—to the Inferno. His motif allows him to reintegrate the Paradiso into the poem as a whole, thus restoring it as a poetic event to critical appreciation.

“Ricardo Quinones appears here to greatest advantage in the two related roles he is most noted for in Dante scholarship: as the rediscoverer of Dante's Purgatorio and as the introducer of anthropological concepts and theory into Dante studies. This new study is truly the crowning achievement of Quinones's decades-long research. Foundation Sacrifice is bound to be the most significant contribution of the year to Dante studies.”

—Tibor Wlassics, University of Virginia