This introduction sets out the scope and objectives of the book. It explains the rationale for the book’s structure and accounts for its particular areas of focus, including the specific poets chosen for close examination. It provides a summary of the content and scope of each of the book’s constituent chapters and explains each chapter’s relationship to the study’s overarching aims. It clarifies the broader critical context of the study and situates it in relation to key existing studies in the field, providing the reader with an understanding of the book’s intended contribution both to the field of Dante studies and to medieval studies more broadly.
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