Glad to Go for a Feast: Milton, Buonmattei, and the Florentine Accademici

P. Lang, 1998 - 186 pages
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"Glad To Go For a Feast" focuses upon Milton's intellectual contacts in Florence during his sojourn from 1638 to 1639, especially those "accademici" surrounding the grammarian and Dantista Benedetto Buonmattei (1581-1648), including Carlo Roberto Dati (1619-1676) and Agostino Coltellini (1613-1693). Dr. A. M. Cinquemani provides a brief life of Buonmattei as priest, scholar, and "accademico" as well as a discussion of "Della Lingua Toscana" (1623-1643) as having perhaps shaped Milton's representation of prelapsarian language in "Paradise Lost." The tendencies of contemporary Florentine criticism, as suggested by the work of Buonmattei, are considered with a view to understanding the particular version of Dante to which Milton was exposed. Large portions of "Della Lingua Toscana" and Buonmattei's commentaries on Dante, as well as Coltellini's -Tuscan Areopagitica, - the "Introduzione all' Anatomia" (1651), are presented here for the first time in English."

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Introduction Milton and the Florentine Accademici
Chapter Two Buonmatteis Della Lingua Toscana
Chapter Three The Buonmatteian Dante
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The Author: A. M. Cinquemani is Professor of English at the State University of New York (New Paltz), where he teaches seventeenth-century English Literature, including Milton, as well as European Literature. He received his Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. Dr. Cinquemani has been a National Endowment for the Humanities summer fellow at Princeton, Stanford, UCLA, and Yale and has published articles on seventeenth-century English Literature and Italian Literature in various learned journals. He has edited and translated the Barunissa di Carini: Poem of the Sicilian Renaissance, and contributed chapters to Interpreting the Italian Renaissance: Literary Perspectives, edited by Antonio Toscano; Other Voices: Italian Regional Culture and Language, edited by John Staulo; and Milton in Italy: Contexts, Images, Contradictions, edited by Mario A. Di Cesare.

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