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Dante's Commedia
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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. 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page / Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. About the William and Katherine Devers Series
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Abbreviations, Editions, and Translations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: Dante, Poetry, Theology
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. 1. Polemics of Praise: Theology as Text, Narrative, and Rhetoric in Dante's Commedia
  2. pp. 14-35
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  1. 2. All Smiles: Poetry and Theology in Dante's Commedia
  2. pp. 36-59
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  1. 3. In Unknowability as Love: The Theology of Dante's Commedia
  2. pp. 60-94
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  1. 4. The Poetry and Poetics of the Creation
  2. pp. 95-130
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  1. 5. Liturgical Personhood: Creation, Penitence, and Praise in the Commedia
  2. pp. 131-160
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  1. 6. Dante’s Commedia and the Body of Christ
  2. pp. 161-179
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  1. 7. Dante’s Davidic Journey: From Sinner to God's Scribe
  2. pp. 180-209
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  1. 8. Caritas and Ecclesiology in Dante’s Heaven of the Sun
  2. pp. 210-244
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  1. 9. Neoplatonic Metaphysics and Imagination in Dante’s Commedia
  2. pp. 245-266
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  1. 10. “Il punto che mi vinse”: Incarnation, Revelation, and Self-Knowledge in Dante's Commedia
  2. pp. 267-285
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  1. 11. How to Do Things with Words: Poetry as Sacrament in Dante's Commedia
  2. pp. 286-305
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  1. Afterwords
  2. p. 307
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  1. Dante, Conversation, and Homecoming
  2. pp. 308-317
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  1. Dante as Inspiration for Twenty-First-Century Theology
  2. pp. 318-328
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 329-355
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 356-357
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  1. Index of Names and Subjects
  2. pp. 358-379
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  1. Index of Passages from Dante's Works
  2. pp. 380-386
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  1. Index of Scriptural Passages
  2. pp. 387-388
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