Theology as Poetry
Paperback | 9780268035198 | March 2010
Hardcover | 9780268162320 | March 2010
eBook (PDF) | 9780268086800 | March 2010
eBook (EPUB) | 9780268162009 | March 2010
In 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 not what underlies his narrative poem, nor what is contained within it: it is instead fully integrated with its poetic and narrative texture.
Vittorio 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.
“The book’s editors, Vittorio Montemaggi and Matthew Treherne, who each contributed an essay, co-wrote the introduction, and organized the conference from which the book emerged, deserve praise. They have facilitated a dialogue between theologians, literary critics, and Dante scholars, the impact of which we begin to see in this volume, but which will no doubt inform scholarly thinking for many years to come. The contributions . . . explore convergent issues and passages, while approaching them from such diverse perspectives (spanning temporal, geographic, and disciplinary boundaries) that the volume is erudite and engaging, coherent yet provocative, and long overdue.” —Medium Aevum ~Medium Aevum