Dante’s literary-theoretical framework is simultaneously and manifestly a legal one. Contemporary juridical rituals of everyday experience such as testimony, litigation, punishment, and confession permeate the Commedia. Yet they do so with a specific purpose. Though it may seem paradoxical, Dante invents this elaborate legal normative system to explore its capacity to comprehend exceptions; he deliberately embeds certain incongruities or anomalies in his construction of divine justice (such as the salvation of the ... Read more
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