Petrarch Reading Dante: The Ascent of Mont Ventoux (<i>Familiares</i> 4. 1)

Enrico Santangelo

in Petrarch in Britain

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Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264133
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734649 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy 146

Petrarch Reading Dante: The Ascent of Mont Ventoux (Familiares 4. 1)

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This chapter examines the influence of Dante in Petrarch's Epistolae Familiares. It highlights a series of textual echoes particularly of specific cantos of the Purgatorio in this highly allusive and important letter. It suggests that one major difference between Petrarch and Dante's ascent to Mont Ventoux is that Petrarch's journey up the mountain is circuitous and culminates with the discovery of the self and its divisions, while Dante's is vertical and leads to the contemplation of the Deity beyond the self.

Keywords: Petrarch; Dante; Epistolae Familiares; Purgatorio; Mont Ventoux; self; textual echoes; Deity

Chapter.  8245 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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