Edited By Claire E. Honess and Matthew Treherne
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.
We owe many debts to many people for supporting the development of this project and of these volumes. We are grateful to the Leeds Humanities Research Institute and the British Academy for funding the Reviewing Dante’s Theology workshop in Leeds in April 2008. The Faculty of Arts and the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Leeds provided ongoing support for the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies, and in particular we wish to acknowledge the encouragement we received at this time from Andrew Thompson, then Dean of the Faculty, and from Stuart Taberner, then Director of the Leeds Humanities Research Institute. The Department of Italian at the University of Cambridge supported the November 2008 workshop; we are grateful to the Department and to Zygmunt Barański for enabling this workshop to happen, as well as for Zyg’s energetic and enthusiastic support and wise counsel throughout the development of this project. The Society for Italian Studies supported the project with a pump-priming award, and the British Academy Fellowship’s Visiting Fellow scheme enabled us to host Tamara Pollack in Leeds. All participants in the project have been a great pleasure to work with, and we have learned an enormous amount from each of them. Anna Williams was a wonderfully stimulating and generous advisor in the early stages of the project. Christian Moevs made stunning contributions to the workshop. Ruth Chester and Kevin Marples worked tirelessly to enable the smooth running of the workshop, as well as contributing fully to...
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