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Politics vs. Literature: The Myth of Dante and the Italian National Identity*

Stefano Jossa

in Dante in the Long Nineteenth Century

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199584628
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739095 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584628.003.0003
Politics vs. Literature: The Myth of Dante and the Italian National Identity*

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This chapter demonstrates that in the process of nation-making in Italy Dante was primarily interpreted as a political rather than as a literary icon. He was in the end considered to be the ‘enemy’ rather than the founder of Italian literature. It also shows that, largely due to this process of ‘deliterarization’ in favour of a process of ‘politicization’, Dante could be accepted within communist rhetoric. The chapter reconstructs the literary formation of the Italian nation and then explores the relevance of Dante within this literary construction.

Keywords: nation-making; Italy; Dante; political icon; communist rhetoric; literary construction

Chapter.  8064 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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