Dantes in Limbo

Daniela Caselli

in Beckett’s Dantes

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780719071560
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701973 | DOI:
Dantes in Limbo

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This chapter discusses an early Beckett essay that fashions a modernist Dante and tries to show how the idea of Dante as the quintessentially classic author has changed over time. The first part of the chapter tries to detect Dante within James Joyce. This chapter also focuses on how Dante's function has changed in the essay Proust. It notes that in Proust, Dante no longer characterises linguistic experimentalism, but instead works as the quotable authority capable of strengthening the intellectual credentials of the writer.

Keywords: modernist Dante; classic author; James Joyce; Proust; linguistic experimentalism; quotable; authority; intellectual credentials

Chapter.  11697 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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