Theological Themes in the Works and Early Commentaries
The contributions collected in these Acts offer a varied and articulate representation of the relations between Dante Alighieri’s work and late-medieval theological culture, observed in some of its fundamental aspects and with particular attention to the ancient exegesis of the Commedia. The topics covered cover a broad spectrum of issues: the presence of heresy in the poem; the presumed heterodoxy of Dante himself; the references to the Cross and the Passion, examined in the light of the theological doctrines and devotional practices of the time; the influence exerted by the so-called ‘affective mysticism’ on Dante's poetological reflection; the problem of the creation and resurrection of bodies; the connection between theology and the Empyrean sky proposed in the Convivio; the arduous theme of the prophetic vision, investigated starting from the Epistle to Cangrande. The last two contributions are dedicated to as yet little-known episodes in the reception of Dante’s poem: the Anonymous Theologian’s comments on Paradise and Dante’s presence in the 15th-century sermons of Gabriele Barletta and Paolo Attavanti.
Bernard Gui • Troubadours • Preaching • Thomism • Suffering • Franciscans • Epistle to Cangrande • Affective mysticism • Late-medieval preachers • Salvation • Paradiso • Heterodoxy • Heresy • Paul • Devotion • Passion of Christ • Orthodoxy • Body • Eternity • Fra Dolcino • Christus patiens • Dante • Incorruptibility • Creation • Cross • Egerton 943 • Averroism • Charity • William of Saint-Thierry • Purgatorio XXIV • Biblical visions • Reception • Soteriology • Schism • Theology • Posse non mori | non posse mori • Holy Spirit • St • Christus triumphans • Empyrean • Commentary • Sermon collections • Incarnation • Intellect of love • Dante Alighieri