Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

1989

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

Abstract

In The Banquet Dante Alighieri described the "senses" in which a text might be expounded and understood. The immediate and common sense was the literal; the remaining senses were the allegorical, the moral, and the anagogic, or spiritual. A text could be meaningful on all four levels, but the highest and ultimately most valued sense was the spiritual. For Dante the world itself was symbolic, pointing to a greater truth beyond it.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-6218

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu

Copyright Owner

Diana J. Swanson

Language

en

Date Available

March 4, 2013

File Format

application/pdf

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