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This book presents the proceedings of the fifth and final meeting of the International Dante Seminar. The papers, given by some of the leading international scholars of the poet - from Italy, the UK and the USA - address four major topics of particular concern to present-day Dante studies: Dante as a lyric poet; Dante as an ethical poet; Dante and the Eclogues; and Dante in nineteenth-century Britain. These topics reflect both areas which are currently the subject of heated critical debate (several new editions of the lyric poems have recently appeared or are in preparation, and the ethical dimension of Dante's works is very much under discussion) and areas which are long overdue a reassessment (Dante's remarkable revival of Latin pastoral poetry, and the extraordinary British contribution to Dante studies in the nineteenth century). As this set of conference proceedings makes clear, in Dante and in his legacy, ethics and poetry are inseparable.

The contributors include Paola Allegretti, Michael Caesar, George Corbett, Paolo Falzone, Manuele Gragnolati, Claudio Giunta, Claire Honess, Robin Kirkpatrick, John Lindon, Lino Pertile, Justin Steinberg, and Claudia Villa. Zygmunt G. Baranski is Serena Professor of Italian, University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Murray Edwards College. Martin McLaughlin is Agnelli-Serena Professor of Italian Studies at the University of Oxford, and Fellow of Magdalen College.