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Dante Studies

The study of Dante can be difficult as there is a large quantity of research out there. Working with online sources, concordances, reference books and databases, you should be able to accumulate the resources you need for your paper. There are a number of good online searchable Dante bibliographies. Below you will find information on finding full-text, a bibliography of books at the Loyola/Notre Dame Library and another of valuable Dante websites compiled by different universities.

Dante Bibliography

This is a short bibliography of important books on Dante. The library has many other works on Dante. Use the library catalog to find works at consortium libraries as well as at the Loyola/Notre Dame Library. A request for a book from a consortium library takes 24-48 hours to arrive at the circulation department.

Brady, Thomas A., Heiko Augustinus Oberman, and James D. Tracy. Handbook of European History, 1400-1600 : Late Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation. Leiden ; New York: E.J. Brill, 1994.
D203 H36 1994

Bullough, Vern L., and James A. Brundage. Handbook of Medieval Sexuality. Vol. ol. 1696. New York: Garland Pub., 1996.
HQ14 .H35 1996

Burns, J. H. The Cambridge History of Medieval Political Thought c. 350-c. 1450. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988.
JA82 .C27 1988

Canning, Joseph. A History of Medieval Political Thought, 300-1450. London ; New York: Routledge, 1996.
JC111 .C33 1996

Dinsmore, Charles Allen, et al. Aids to the Study of Dante. Boston, New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1903.
PQ4334 .D5

Grendler, Paul F., and Renaissance Society of America. Encyclopedia of the Renaissance. New York: Scribner's published in association with the Renaissance Society of America, 1999.
Ref CB 361.E52 1999

Jacoff, Rachel. The Cambridge Companion to Dante. Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993.
PQ4335 .C36 1993 (reserves)

Lansing, Richard H., and Teodolinda Barolini. The Dante Encyclopedia. Vol. ol. 1836. New York: Garland Pub., 2000. Ref PQ4333 .D36 2000

Larner, John. Italy in the Age of Dante and Petrarch 1216-1380. Vol. 2. London: Longman, 1983.
(MSM and Hood, must Request)

McKitterick, Rosamond. The New Cambridge Medieval History. New York, NY, USA: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
D117 .N48 1995

Previté-Orton, C. W. The Shorter Cambridge Medieval History. Cambridge Eng.: University Press, 1952.
D117 .P75 (Reference and Stacks)

Storey, R. L. Chronology of the Medieval World, 800 to 1491. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994.
Ref D118 .S855 1994

Strayer, Joseph Reese, and William C. Jordan. Dictionary of the Middle Ages. New York: Scribner, 1982.
Ref D114 .D5 1982

Toynbee, Paget Jackson, and Charles Southward Singleton. A Dictionary of Proper Names and Notable Matters in the Works of Dante. New ed. Oxford: Clarendon P., 1968.
Ref PQ4333 .T7 1968

Vittorini, Domenico. The Age of Dante; a Concise History of Italian Culture in the Years of the Early Renaissance. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 1957.
PQ4064 .V5

Wilkins, Ernest Hatch, Thomas Goddard Bergin, and Dante Society of America. A Concordance to the Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1965.
Ref PQ4464 .W5


American Dante Bibliography
A searchable annotated bibliography of works published in Dante Studies since 1953.

1911 Catholic Encyclopedia
An excellent first stop for research into Catholic doctrine and the history of the medieval Catholic Church. This is the 1911 version. For an updated version see the library homepage under Databases By Title – C.

Danteworlds (University of Texas – Austin)
Danteworlds, created under the auspices of Guy Raffa at the University of Texas, Austin, is "an integrated multimedia journey--combining images, textual commentary, and audio--through the various regions of hell described in Dante's Inferno. The site is structured around a visual representation of hell: it shows who and what appear where. Clicking on a region or circle of hell . . . opens a new page depicting the principal creatures and people whom the character Dante meets in the region.

Dartmouth Dante Project
The Dartmouth Dante Project (DDP) is a searchable full-text database containing more than seventy scholarly commentaries on Dante's Divine Comedy - the Commedia.

Digital Dante
The Digital Dante contains information about Dante, three versions of the divine comedy (one in Italian) other texts, a bibliography and an image collection.

Douahy-Rheims Bible
A Catholic translation of the Vulgate Bible into English, often closer to the Latin text that medieval authors would have known than any more modern translations, Catholic or Protestant. If a student can't read the medieval Latin Vulgate itself, this is the translation to use. Also available at Intratext Library, which contains a built-in concordance for many of the words.

Lectura Dantis
The online version of Lectura Dantis, a perpetual work-in-progress, was launched as a service to its many loyal readers. To this end, the first four issues (now out of print) are being made available here to the general public. As the site continues to grow, selected articles from other numbers will be included in their entirety. Abstracts of published articles are also available.

Medieval and Renaissance Web
Access to scholarly resources in all aspects of the Western Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Includes a search engine, subject guides, electronic journals, and links to organizations, institutes, and collections.

The Orb – Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies
This online encyclopedia, complete with bibliographies, is both chronological and topical, covering all aspects of medieval studies.

Full-text of articles in Bibliographies

Often you will need to find out if the library owns a copy of a journal that has an article that you found in a bibliography. To obtain full text of articles there are 3 steps:

  • E-Journal Locator – Lets you know if the article is available full text from one of the databases.
  • Library Catalog – Lets you know if the Loyola/Notre Dame Library has the journal. If so, it would be located on the lower level in alphabetical order by journal title. (journals located at other libraries must be requested through Interlibrary Loan)
  • Interlibrary Loan – If an article is not available in the library or online you can order it. This usually takes 2 weeks. You can see if Johns Hopkins Eisenhower Library has the journal by searching their library catalog at http://webapps.jhu.edu/jhuniverse/libraries/

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