Natur als Protagonistin von Dantes Inferno. Von Erdbeben, Baumseelen und Tränenflüssen

Holler, Theresa (2019). Natur als Protagonistin von Dantes Inferno. Von Erdbeben, Baumseelen und Tränenflüssen. Romanische Forschungen, 131(3), pp. 347-374. Vittorio Klostermann 10.3196/003581219827190699

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Until today the extensive Dante research has rarely dealt with the infernal landscape constructed by the author even though the punitive effects of the four elements fire, water, earth and air are central to the text. This article considers to what extent the hostile nature of hell determined the construction of the first Cantica, even serving as the main protagonist. After starting with the creation of hell, its geological and meteorological conditions will be analyzed. A special focus here is on the suicides, who, through their transformation into plants, not only become part of the natural system themselves, but also refer to the Greek term »hyle« by their designation as »selva« and thus become a primordial matter. The hydrography of the inferno is also considered. Based on the different manifestations of the rivers of the underworld, the question of their terrestrial source is finally examined.
Dante's geological and hydrographic systems are based on their own myths of origin. This article identifies scientific models of transmission in both myths. The first, elaborated by Albertus Magnus, explained the various effects of earthquakes, and the other accounted for cartography and negotiations of the geographical center of the earth.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Art History > Ancient and Medieval Art History
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Art History

UniBE Contributor:

Holler, Theresa

Subjects:

700 Arts
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 850 Italian, Romanian & related literatures
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 870 Latin & Italic literatures

ISSN:

0035-8126

Publisher:

Vittorio Klostermann

Language:

German

Submitter:

Meekyung Ruth MacMurdie

Date Deposited:

17 Feb 2021 11:55

Last Modified:

06 Jul 2021 13:34

Publisher DOI:

10.3196/003581219827190699

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/148048

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