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Dante's Inferno: Self Insert Fanfiction, or Classic Literature?

Analyzing the concepts of the popular site, Fanfiction, and use of self inserts while examining one of the most prolific of 14th century poetry by Dante’s Divine Comedy, from Inferno to Paradiso. This essay will also examine the use of self inserts in modern literature, such as Slaughterhouse Five, and other novels that use this concept as a way to commentate on the events that occur in the story.

  • It seems to me that the topic you are referring to will make for an interesting experience if handled well. There had been a movie which used the whole concept of Dante's "Divine Comedy" (mostly Inferno) although the only ones (fan fiction) which I've come across are on deviantART rather than on fanfiction.net http://kiwikiwi3.deviantart.com/gallery/33711392/Seventh-Circle http://nazaru.deviantart.com/art/9-Circles-of-the-Shadow-Realm-152335095 http://www.deviantart.com/browse/all/literature/fanfiction/d65ityw With that said, seems like an interesting topic to work on, and I look forward to any results which pop up in fanfiction.net (good and bad) on such a concept – shehrozeameen 7 years ago
  • Very interesting topic. Obviously the practice has changed from respected to less respected, and there's a lot of history to deal with. I'd also recommend looking at Thomas More's Utopia for this, as he uses a self-insert to argue against the controversial "Utopia" the main character describes for the majority of the work. – IndiLeigh 7 years ago
  • I would also recommend exploring Paradise Lost by John Milton, the ultimate biblical epic aka fanfiction. He doesn't self-insert himself as a character per se, but he is ostensibly the third-person omniscient narrator and his voice does come across through a variety of figures. – txl 7 years ago
  • I think that calling it fanfiction is, although somewhat accurate, best reserved for jokes. Self-insert? Definitely, fanfiction... not so much. It's important to remember the primary purpose of the Divine Comedy was to spread Dante's grievances with the Pope and the way the Church held control over the religious lives of the people at the time. – JTastic 10 months ago