This book examines the role and function of the notion of the city in Dante's works. It focuses most closely on the ways in which the poet's multifaceted interest in and utilization of the city receive their fullest expression in the Commedia.
1. Introduction: From Florence to the Heavenly City 2. Insiders and Outsiders in the Commedia 3. The Ideal Of Citizenship 4. City, Garden, Wilderness: The Commedia's Outsiders 5. The City of Jerusalem in the Commedia 6. The Comic and the Civic 7. Conclusion: The Poetry of Citizenship in Dante