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- DescriptionIn Dante's Commedia: Theology as Poetry , an international group of theologians and Dante scholars provide a uniquely rich set of perspectives focused on the relationship between theology and poetry in the Commedia. Examining Dante's treatment of questions of language, personhood, and the body; his engagement with the theological tradition he inherited; and the implications of his work for contemporary theology, the contributors argue for the close intersection of theology and poetry in the text as well as the importance of theology for Dante studies. Through discussion of issues ranging from Dante's use of imagery of the Church to the significance of the smile for his poetic project, the essayists offer convincing evidence that his theology is t what underlies his narrative poem, r what is contained within it: it is instead fully integrated with its poetic and narrative texture. As the essays demonstrate, the Commedia is firmly rooted in the medieval tradition of reflection on the nature of theological language, while simultaneously presenting its readers with unprecedented, sustained poetic experimentation. Understood in this way, Dante emerges as one of the most original theological voices of the Middle Ages.
- Author BiographyVITTORIO MONTEMAGGI is assistant professor of religion and literature at the University of Notre Dame. MATTHEW TREHERNE is senior lecturer in Italian and co-director of the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies, University of Leeds.
- PublisherUniversity of Notre Dame Press
- Date of Publication15/03/2010
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationNotre Dame IN
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Notre Dame Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight522 g
- Width152 mm
- Height226 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Edited byMatthew Treherne,Vittorio Montemaggi
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