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dc.contributor.advisorRaphael, Rebecca
dc.contributor.advisorLochman, Daniel T.
dc.contributor.authorGordyn, Edgar ( )en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-06-21T16:44:07Z
dc.date.available2012-02-24T10:10:12Z
dc.date.issued2011-05en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/3214
dc.descriptionPresented to the Honors Committee of Texas State University-San Marcos In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements For Graduation in the University Honors Program, May 2011.en_US
dc.description.abstractDante’s Commedia is a Christian allegory for the soul’s journey to God. Dante depicts himself as the Christian pilgrim learning, through his journey, how to live his earthly life properly. But Dante also depicts his journey as a revelation of the world beyond; as such, he depicts himself as a prophet. The Commedia becomes Dante’s God’s word transcribed through Dante, who throughout his journey earns, in addition to spiritual salvation, the poetic/prophetic authority (“auctoritas”) to write of his vision of God. Ulysses, who in Inferno 26 describes his drowning, is key in Dante’s transformation from false prophet to true, as shown by Dante’s several references to Ulysses throughout the Commedia. Ulysses’ misuse of his intelligence and his rhetorical ability (as Dante depicts it, from his incomplete understanding of the Odysseus/Ulysses tradition in literature) parallels Dante’s misuse of his poetic talent (“ingegno”) when he composed his philosophical Convivio, which he abandoned to write the Commedia. Likewise, Ulysses’ damnation parallels Dante’s when he devoted himself to philosophy rather than to God, and which error led Dante to the despair that impelled the Commedia. Such a parallel reveals Inferno 26 as a matrix of Dante’s key themes in the Commedia, in which Dante transforms himself from false prophet to true, who is qualified to see and write of seeing God face to face.en_US
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dc.format.extent62 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectDanteen_US
dc.subjectUlyssesen_US
dc.subjectCommedia Divine Comedyen_US
dc.subjectVirgilen_US
dc.subjectPoetic authorityen_US
dc.subjectProphesyen_US
dc.subjectIngegoen_US
dc.subjectAuctoritasen_US
dc.titleDante's Ulysses: Damnation and Salvation in the Commediaen_US
txstate.documenttypeThesis
thesis.degree.departmentHonors College
thesis.degree.disciplinePhilosophy and Religious Studies
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University
txstate.departmentHonors College


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