After almost seven centuries, Dante persists and even seems to haunt the present. Metamorphosing Dante explores what so many authors, artists and thinkers from very different artistic, political, geographical and cultural backgrounds have probed in Dante’s œuvre, and the ways in which they have engaged with it in the twentieth and twentyfirst centuries through rewritings, dialogues, and transpositions. By establishing transdisciplinary routes, the volume shows that, along with a corpus of multiple linguistic and narrative structures, characters and stories that lend themselves to evocation and reactivation, Dante has provided a field of tensions in which to mirror, investigate and question one’s own time. Authors explored include Giorgio Agamben, Samuel Beckett, Walter Benjamin, André Gide, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Wolfgang Koeppen, Jacques Lacan, Thomas Mann, James Merrill, Eugenio Montale, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Giorgio Pressburger, Robert Rauschenberg, Virginia Woolf.
Fabio Camilletti is Lecturer in Italian Literature at the University of Warwick.
Fabian Lampart is Privatdozent in German Literature at the University of Freiburg.