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Beckett’s DantesIntertextuality in the Fiction and Criticism$
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Daniela Caselli

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719071560

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719071560.001.0001

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Dantes in Limbo

Dantes in Limbo

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Beckett’s Dantes

Daniela Caselli

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses an early Beckett essay that fashions a modernist Dante and tries to show how the idea of Dante as the quintessentially classic author has changed over time. The first part of the chapter tries to detect Dante within James Joyce. This chapter also focuses on how Dante's function has changed in the essay Proust. It notes that in Proust, Dante no longer characterises linguistic experimentalism, but instead works as the quotable authority capable of strengthening the intellectual credentials of the writer.

Keywords:   modernist Dante, classic author, James Joyce, Proust, linguistic experimentalism, quotable, authority, intellectual credentials

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