“Nel libro, intorno alla figura e alla lingua di Dante, convergono storie di ricerca diverse. Studiosi noti e affermati, dantisti di vaglia, si affiancano a giovani ma agguerriti ricercatori. Temi tradizionalmente legati ai più vari aspetti dell’azione e dell’immagine di Dante tracciano i perimetri fondamentali delle sue idee linguistiche, della sua operosità, della sua presenza e del suo riuso nella tradizione e nella storia, non solo letteraria, ma anche figurativa e dialettale; a essi si uniscono temi nuovi e meno scontati, che toccano molti dei mezzi e modi della comunicazione destinata al largo pubblico (dall’opera lirica alle canzoni, dal Dante dei fumetti e per ragazzi al Dante degli enigmisti, fino a una più generale considerazione del Dante pop). La varietà degli argomenti trova riscontro nella disponibilità di materiali inediti e studiati per la prima volta, che ci si augura possano essere apprezzati, anche per una fruizione didattica, da un pubblico italiano e internazionale; a questa finalità risponde anche l’inserimento di una sitografia aggiornata.” —goWare
“This week Herb Childress’s essay in The Chronicle Review, ‘This Is How You Kill a Profession,’ prompted many readers to think about their own tortuous relations with the academy. Childress wrote that the adjunct structure is filled with ‘fear despair, surrender, shame,’ and that rang true for many readers.
“So we asked readers to share their stories about their careers in academe. Here are a selection of responses to our questions about academic life.
“The responses have been edited for length and clarity.” […] —The Chronicle, March 29, 2019
“Dante saved my life,” testifies Rod Dreher, senior editor and blogger at The American Conservative, in his recent book, How Dante Can Save Your Life (Simon & Schuster, 2015) about how the poet’s Divine Comedy can save yours as well. His soul-baring account of how Dante Alighieri and two other spiritual guides — a Christian Orthodox priest and an evangelical therapist –helped him escape a dark wood of stress-induced depression and physical illness is smart, moving, and thoroughly engaging. Dreher’s Dante, like Virgil in the poem, does the lion’s share of the guiding, and so earns top billing and occupies most of the narrative’s prime real estate. In showing how the poem brought deeper understanding of himself and his relationships with his father, sister, and God, and in sharing the substance of those life lessons with readers (mostly in appendices to the chapters), the author does not disappoint.
“For those of us who have studied, taught, and written on Dante’s works and their legacy over many years, Dreher’s understanding and use of the Commedia will undoubtedly raise legitimate doubts and objections. However, I found myself more often than not nodding in recognition at his deft discussion of characters, scenes, and themes of the poem. Most of his sharpest points pierce the surface of famous inhabitants of Hell — amorous Francesca, proud Farinata, worldly Brunetto, and megalomaniacal Ulysses are among the highlights; oddly for a book on rescuing lives and souls, he devotes fewer words to the saved individuals in Purgatory and Paradise.” […] –Guy P. Raffa, Pop Matters, January 21, 2016
“When Dante Alighieri was composing the Inferno section of his epic poem, the Divine Comedy, he was surely thinking of online survey content and execution. Okay, maybe he was thinking of something else. Nonetheless, Dante’s visionary landscape of falling into a place where everything around you burns to ruin can apply to various situations. It certainly applies to how shoddy survey research can incinerate your market research. Let’s keep it heavenly then, by avoiding these survey circle hells.”
“First Circle (Limbo): This place (or state of being) is not that bad. It’s full of nice gardens where pagans like Plato, Virgil and Julius Caesar hang out. They never had a chance to convert to Dante’s religion, but get a pass for being notable and thus hang out in blandness for eternity.
“Here on earth, that’s the problem when it comes to market research. Nothing happens. You’ve released a survey, and it’s as quiet as a Nickelback internet fan site. Response rates are low. Why is this happening?
“How to get out of this hell: There are many explanations, as you will see, found by plunging deeper into the rest of the survey circle hells.” […] –qSample, qSample, April 4, 2016