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.
Notes on Contributors
ALBERT R. ASCOLI is Terrill Distinguished Professor of Italian Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. ZYGMUNT G. BARAŃSKI is Notre Dame Professor of Dante and Italian Studies at the University of Notre Dame and Emeritus Serena Professor of Italian at the University of Cambridge. RUTH CHESTER is Visiting Research Fellow and AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellow at the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies, University of Leeds. GEORGE FERZOCO is Research and Teaching Fellow in Medieval Religious Culture at the University of Bristol. CLAIRE E. HONESS is Professor of Italian Studies, Head of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, and Co-Director of the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies at the University of Leeds. RONALD L. MARTINEZ is Professor of Italian Studies at Brown University. PAOLA NASTI is Associate Professor of Italian Studies at the University of Reading. MATTHEW TREHERNE is Senior Lecturer in Italian and Co-Director of the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies at the University of Leeds.
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