Prue Shaw produced the first critical edition of Marsilio Ficino’s translation of the Monarchia – La versione ficiniana della Monarchia, in Studi Danteschi, LI 1978, pp. 289-407 – an edition based directly on all the extant manuscript sources. The many earlier nineteenth- and twentieth-century editions had merely reprinted an unsatisfactory mid-nineteenth-century version marred by extensive and unacknowledged editorial interventions in the vernacular text introduced to match it more closely to the Latin original, which in itself was problematic. The situation is analysed in her essay ‘Per l’edizione del volgarizzamento ficiniano della Monarchia’, in Testi e interpretazioni. Studi del seminario di filologia romanza dell’università di Firenze, Ricciardi, Milano-Napoli, 1978, pp. 927-939. To read this essay, click here. Her edition of the Ficino translation has recently been reprinted in Dante, Monarchia. Cola di Rienzo, Commentario. Marsilio Ficino, Volgarizzamento. With an Introduction by Francesco Furlan, Arnaldo Mondadori Editore, 2004; and again in Dante, Monarchia (Nuova Edizione Commentata delle Opere di Dante, volume IV, Monarchia, a cura di Paolo Chiesa e Andrea Tabarroni, con la collaborazione di Diego Ellero), Salerno Editrice, 2013, pp. 469-536. To read Ficino’s preface to his translation, click here.
Her edition of the anonymous early vernacular translation of the Monarchia – Il volgarizzamento inedito della Monarchia, in Studi Danteschi, XLVII 1970, pp. 59-224 –, was her doctoral thesis for l’Università degli Studi di Firenze supervised by Gianfranco Contini.
Other publications include:
‘The intentional fallacy and Benedetto Croce’, in Reflexivity: Critical Themes in the Italian Cultural Tradition, edited by Prue Shaw and John Took, Longo, Ravenna, 2000, pp. 95-117. Read Article.
‘A Reading of Purgatory XXVI’, in Dante and his Literary Precursors, edited by John C. Barnes and Jennifer Petrie, Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2007, pp. 235-259. Read Article.
Her analysis of a newly discovered manuscript of Dante’s Monarchia in the British Library recently appeared in Studi Danteschi, LXXVI 2011, pp. 223-264: 'Un secondo manoscritto londinese della «Monarchia»'. A postscript to the essay (Postilla) answers some points raised by critics.
Reviews of books on Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio in The Times Literary Supplement, The London Review of Books, Italian Studies, The New Statesman, The Spectator, Modern Language Review and Studi Danteschi. See below.
Her edition of the critical text of the Monarchia has now been reprinted in the so-called "tutto Dante", the Società Dantesca Italiana’s single volume edition of the poet’s complete works, which updates and replaces the earlier complete works published in 1921 (second edition 1960): Società Dantesca Italiana. Le Opere di Dante. Testi critici a cura di F. Brambilla Ageno, G. Contini, D. De Robertis, G. Gorni, F. Mazzoni, R. Migliorini Fissi, P. V. Mengaldo, G. Petrocchi, P. Shaw. Riveduti da Domenico De Robertis e Giancarlo Breschi, Edizioni Polistampa, Firenze 2012.
The following is a selection of reviews by Prue Shaw. To read, click on the title.
The poet as thinker - Times Literary Supplement, 12th June 1981
Dante Philomythes and Philosopher: Man in the Cosmos
Fictions for future leaders - Times Literary Supplement, 24th December 1982
JOY HAMBEUCHEN POTTER
Five Frames for the Decameron: Communication and Social Systems in the Cornice
The long production line - Times Literary Supplement, 7th October 1983
ALBERTO ASOR ROSA (Editor)
Letteratura italiana: Volume I, Il letterato e le istituzioni
Author as character - Times Literary Supplement, 31st January 1986
ANTHONY K. CASSELL
Dante’s Fearful Art of Justice
JOAN M. FERRANTE
The Political Vision of the Divine Comedy
Dante’s Poets: Textuality and truth in the “Comedy”
Spiralling to significance - Times Literary Supplement, 12th September 1986
Dante: The poetics of conversion
Italian Studies, vol. XXIII, 1968, pp. 189-93.
Philosophy, Poetry, History: an Anthology of Essays.