Dante’s salvific journey

Dante’s salvific journey

The Divine Comedy

by Dante, translated by Clive James

Picador, $32.99 pb, 526 pp, 9781447244219

During a visit to Adelaide in 2013 as a keynote speaker at the Australasian Centre for Italian Studies ‘Re-imagining Italian Studies’ conference, Professor Martin McLaughlin (Agnelli-Serena Professor of Italian Studies and Fellow of Magdalen College) made the following observation about Clive James’s translation of The Divine Comedy:

There are many innovations in Clive James’s version that make it stand out as being fit for purpose in our century: he is the first to incorporate information normally found in footnotes into the text itself; he is the first to use a flexible quatrain rather than blank verse or terza rima as his metre; and he is the first to pay explicit attention to poetic tempo and texture.

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Published in December 2014, no. 367
Diana Glenn

Diana Glenn

Diana Glenn is Emeritus Professor of Italian at Flinders University. She is the author of Dante’s Reforming Mission and Women in the Comedy (2008) and has published numerous scholarly articles nationally and internationally. She has jointly edited the following volumes: Dante Colloquia in Australia 1982–1999 (2000); Flinders Dante Conferences 2002 & 2004 (2005); Imagining Home: Migrants and the search for a new belonging (2011); The Shadow of the Precursor (2012); and (with John Kinder) ‘Legato con amore in un volume’: Essays in Honour of John A. Scott (Olschki, 2013).


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