Dante's Two Beloveds: Ethics and Erotics in the "Divine by Olivia Holmes

By Olivia Holmes

Re-examining key passages in Dante’s oeuvre within the mild of the an important factor of ethical selection, this booklet presents a brand new thematic framework for analyzing the Divine Comedy. Olivia Holmes indicates how Dante articulated the connection among the human and the divine as an erotic selection among beautiful women—Beatrice and the “other woman.”  Investigating the traditions and archetypes that contributed to the formation of Dante’s beloveds, Holmes exhibits how Dante brilliantly overlaid and mixed those paradigms in his poem.  In doing so he re-imagined the 2 girls as now not only oppositional condensations of it seems that conflicting cultural traditions but in addition complementary models of an analogous. This visionary perception sheds new gentle on Dante’s corpus and at the crucial paradox on the poem’s middle: the unabashed eroticism of Dante’s shrink back from the earthly in want of the divine.

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