Analytical and classified bibliography of the studies on Dante in the world

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The purpose of the Bibliography is to collect all the studies on Dante and his world from 1972 to 2000 in order to give to the scholars information which, otherwise, would be difficult to find quickly among the vastness of these studies all over the world. At first it will include about 40,000 items (for the years 1972-2000) and it will be updated each six months with an increase of about 1,500 items per year. Analytical bibliography means that it includes as single item also the essays contained in miscellaneous volumes and chapters of monographs. Classified bibliography means that each item is classified with a topic subject and a key word by which it is possible to make a specific search.

Example: now, the scholar who would like to know the studies on the I canto of the Inferno from 1972 to 2000 should look them up in not less then 10 general bibliographies for each year (some of them are also on CDRom and so this search is easier); what’s more, the most part of these bibliographies is organized only in an alphabetical order and so to find a specific item the scholar must read the entire section “Dante Alighieri”. With the present Dante Bibliography on line it is possible to make a specific search and, with the topic subject “Divine Comedy - detailed exegesis - Inferno I”, to find immediately , at the first search, the complete list of the studies (in alphabetical or chronological order).




The bibliography in addition to the items of miscellaneous volumes, monographs and journal articles, will includes also those of review articles, of essays included in miscellaneous volumes and specific chapters included in monographs.

Example: :of the miscellany “Dante e il mondo moderno”, in addition to the general item the scrutiny is given of all the essays (of different authors) included in it; of this monograph: Dante and the French Romantics, by Michel Pitwood the scrutiny is given of the specific chapters of the book: Gautier and Nerval, pp. 219-234; Balzac, pp. 251-263; Dante in French literature 1800-1820. Mme de Staël, Chateaubriand, Nodier, pp. 67-88, etc.



Main View

Coming into the webpage Dante Bibliography it is possible to reach the main view or to make a specific search; the main view allows to browse the entire Bibliography organized in a topic order; the relates review articles and the essays included in a single item are listed straight, the reviews in full, the essays with a link. By clicking on an item of the principal view we select this specific item.




It is possible to circumscribe the years within which the search is made to obtain only the items published within a specific period. It is possible to make different types of search: Free search, simultaneously on different fields with a search keyword. At such purpose each item has previously been endowed with a keyword to obtain a more specific list of items.

Example: the scholar interested on the studies about Dante and Eliot can type Eliot in the field “search keyword” and will obtain the studies with this word in the title or in the filed author and also the studies in which Eliot is only the keyword.

The scholar interested in a more specific search may use other different kinds of search:

Search by topic-subject;

Search by author;

Search by title;

Search by place of publication;

Search by publisher;

Search by collection




Topic subjects

With the first kind of searches, it is possible to obtain a list of studies organized in the following very specific subject-matters regarding Dante and its Medieval world:

Bibliographies, catalogues, dictionaries, encyclopaedias, indexes;

Series on Dante;

Biography, Alighieri family, Dante places;

Culture, thought, Dante setting;

Fortune, history of literary criticism, comparative literature;

General Studies on Dante;

Philology; language, prosody, semiology, rhetoric, style;


Works (for each work of Dante we have the topics: Edition and textual tradition, translations; studies)

The Divine Comedy has the following sub-topics:
(complete work, single cantica);
(dialects, languages: English, French, German, Spanish and so on for all the languages)
Manuscript tradition, studies on the text and on the first editions;
Medieval and Renaissance commentators;
General Studies on the Divine Comedy
(full, on the I cantica, on the II cantica, on the III cantica);
Detailed exegesis
(on each single canto of Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso)
Paraphrases and guides; Anthologies;

We have in addition a number of topic subjects regarding the Medieval Dante world:

Instruments (comprises catalogues, dictionaries, encyclopedias and indexes on the medieval world)
(comprises the editions of medieval authors poets, philosophers, writers &endash; sources of Dante, contemporary of Dante, and following Dante in their works);
    General Studies on the Middle Ages;
    Philology; language, prosody, semiology, rhetoric, style;
    Philosophy, theology, politics
(with the sub-topics: General studies, St. Augustine, St. Albert the Great, St. Bernard, Boethius, St. Bonaventure, Giles of Rome, St. Jerome, St. Gregory the Great, Remigio de’ Girolami, St. Thomas Aquinas);
(with the sub-topics: Boccaccio, Cavalcanti, Cino of Pistoia, Guittone, Guinizzelli, Brunetto Latini, Petrarch);
    History of Culture;
    History and religious institutions
(with the sub-topics: General Studies, St. Dominic, St. Francis, Joachim of Fiore);
    Florence, XII-XVI Centuries.




It is possible to print immediately the search result; by a selection of a single item it is possible to have the complete bibliographical data, and then with a click on reviews to have the complete review articles of this item; with a click on contents it is possible to have the items of the essays or chapters included in the chief item (monographs or miscellany). In the essays or chapters items, with a click on references it is possible to obtain all the bibliographical data of the chief item.