[Milton-L] University of Toronto Quaterly - Volume 82, Number 1, Winter 2013 now available online

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University of Toronto Quarterly - Volume 82, Number 1, Winter 2013


This issue contains: 


Dante's Hermeneutic Complicity in Violence and Fraud in Inferno IX-XVII

William Franke            


Self-interpretation is made manifest as a crucial structuring principle of
the Inferno in the segment of the poem that begins with Dante's entry into
the city of Dis. This transition directly involves the reader as interpreter
by means of the poem's explicit addresses to the reader. The self-deceptions
manifest in the souls Dante encounters take on violent and then fraudulent
forms in the seventh and eighth circles respectively. By his interpretive
acts as poet, Dante actually participates in this violence and fraud. He
makes himself complicit in what he condemns. He is not merely an observer
from on high but descends into his own sinful self through acts that involve
the author and, behind him, the reader too as interpreters. Dante constantly
highlights how it is we ourselves who are secretly at risk in the sins we
interpret as readers, for the sins punished in hell are presented as
fundamentally sins of self-interpretation. 


DOI: 10.3138/UTQ.82.1.1


The 'Supremest of Yankee Critics': Harold Stearns, the Young Intellectuals,
and America's Discontents

Adam Muller   


This article works to shed light on Harold Stearns's (1891-1943) thinking
about Americans' struggle for authentic modes of creative and critical
self-expression in an environment he and others perceived as generally
inimical to that struggle. It attempts to convey some sense of the
contribution to American art and culture made by Stearns's early and most
influential work, the essays collected in America and the Young Intellectual
(1921), and traces its relationship to the cultural criticism produced by
other noteworthy intellectuals in the twilight of the Progressive Era. Along
the way, it shows how Stearns both reflected and contributed to the view of
America held by the extraordinary generation of writers and intellectuals
responsible for shaping American cultural identity during and after the
interwar years. 

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DOI: 10.3138/UTQ.82.1.20


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