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The Ultimate Vision: Paradiso 30–33

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The final chapter gives a reading of Dante in the Empyrean, God’s dwelling place and where those saints who comprise the saved from the earth are gathered in the celestial Rose. The place of Bernard of Clairvaux, who is Dante’s guide to the names and identities of those in the Rose, is discussed, as is his prayer to the Virgin Mary that Dante may be allowed the ultimate vision, that of God. In the final section of the book, but before the conclusion, there is a close textual reading of the vision of God which Dante has, and connections are made with modern trauma theory, and with the liminal states which Blanchot, as well as Lacan, discusses. The book ends with a sense of what makes everything in the poem so richly textured: the doublenesses and contradictions which make the text unable to affirm a single position, though desiring that.

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