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Reviewing Dante’s Theology

Volume 2


Edited By Claire E. Honess and Matthew Treherne

The two volumes of Reviewing Dante’s Theology bring together work by a range of internationally prominent Dante scholars to assess current research on Dante’s theology and to suggest future directions for research.
Volume 2 considers some of the broader social, cultural and intellectual contexts for Dante’s theological engagement. The contributors discuss the relationship between theology and poetry as Dante sees and presents it; Dante’s thought on the nature of the Church; the ways in which liturgical practice helped shape the poet’s work; the links between Dante’s political and theological ideas; the importance of preaching in Dante’s context; the ways in which the notion of virtue connects theological and ethical thought in Dante’s works; and the extent to which Dante’s often surprising, groundbreaking work tests medieval notions of orthodoxy. Each essay offers an overview of its topic and opens up new avenues.


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Abbreviations and Note on Translations vii Acknowledgements ix Notes on Contributors xi Claire E. Honess and Matthew Treherne Introduction 1 Albert R. Ascoli Poetry and Theology 3 Paola Nasti Dante and Ecclesiology 43 Ronald L. Martinez Dante and the Poem of the Liturgy 89 Claire E. Honess Dante and the Theology of Politics 157 George Ferzoco Dante and the Context of Medieval Preaching 187 Ruth Chester Virtue in Dante 211 vi Zygmunt G. Barański (Un)orthodox Dante 253 Index 331

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