Inferno Revealed: From Dante to Dan Brown

Inferno Revealed: From Dante to Dan Brown

By: Mark Parker (author), Deborah Parker (author)Hardback

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Using Dan Brown's book as a jumping off point, Inferno Revealedwill provide readers of Brown's Inferno with an engaging introduction to Dante and his world. Much like the books on Leonardo that followed the release of the Da Vinci Code, this book will provide readers with more information about the ever-intriguing Dante. Specifically, Inferno Revealed explores how Dante made himself the protagonist of The Divine Comedy, something no other epic poet has done, amovefor which theramifications have not yet been fully explored. The mysteries and puzzles that arise from Dante's choice to personalize the epic, along with hisaffinityforhis local surroundingsand how thataffects his depiction of the places, Church, and politics in the poem are considered - along withwhat thisreveals about Brown's own usage of the work. Theauthors will focus on and analyze how Dan Brown has repurposed Inferno in his newest book - noting what he gets right and what errors are made when he does not. Of course, Dan Brown is not the first author to base his work on Dante. The Comedy has elicited many adaptations from major canonical writers such as Milton and Keats to popular adaptationslike David Fincher's Se7en and Tim Burton's Beetlejuice - all of which will be discussed in detail withinInferno Revealed.

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Deborah Parker is Professor of Italian and Chair of the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese at the University of Virginia. She has published a monograph and several articles on Dante, and she is the General Editor of The World of Dante (, an interactive media site created for the study and teaching of Dante's Comedy. She has taught the Comedy for over 25 years and knows the poem intimately. The project has been supported by a number of foundations, including the NEH, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and Institute for Advanced Technologies in the Humanities. Mark Parker is Professor and Chair of the Department of English at James Madison University. He has published essays on Dante and on Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose. He has written two books on literary magazines in 19th century Britain, as he has co-authored a book on film in the DVD era.


Timeline of Dante's Times and Life Introduction Chapter 1: Personalizing the Epic or How Making Yourself the Hero of Your Own Poem Changes Everything Chapter 2: Scandalous Contemporaries: Dante's People Chapter 3: A Divided World: Political Factionalism, War, and Exile Chapter 4: Churchmen in Hell Chapter 5: Hell on Earth: Dante's Treatment of Place Chapter 6: The Legacy of Dante's Inferno in English Literature Chapter 7: Popular Adaptations of the Inferno Chapter 8: Dan Brown's Inferno and The Legacy of Dante Chapter 9: A Complete List of Allusions to the Divine Comedy in Dan Brown's Inferno

Product Details

  • publication date: 15/10/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781137279064
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781137279064
  • weight: 351
  • ISBN10: 1137279060

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