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Q: Does Dante Hope for Vergil's Salvation? <span class="smallCaps">a</span>: Why Do We Care? For the Very Reason We Should Not Ask the Question

Teodolinda Barolini

in Dante and the Origins of Italian Literary Culture

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780823227037
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241019 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823227037.003.0008
Q: Does Dante Hope for Vergil's Salvation? a: Why Do We Care? For the Very Reason We Should Not Ask the Question

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The overarching plot requirements of the Commedia undergird Vergil's damnation and suggest that to think in terms of his salvation is to opt for the lectio facilior, in the sense of the reading that is easier for us emotionally. Why does the critical literature ask only whether Dante hopes for Vergil's salvation? Does no one else's matter? Why do we care only about Vergil? The answers, to this way of thinking, are: no, no one else's salvation does matter, because the problem is less intellectual than emotional, and the response has been dictated by the text.

Keywords: Commedia; damnation; Dante; Vergil; salvation

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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