IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1534: Intoxication and Alternative Consciousness: Christian Permutations of a Classical Tradition

Thursday 4 July 2013, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Monash Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Organiser:Constant J. Mews, School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Moderator/Chair:Diana Marie Jeske, School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Paper 1534-aBernard of Clairvaux on Intoxication: Transforming Origen and Platonic Tradition on the Song of Songs
(Language: English)
Constant J. Mews, School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Monasticism, Theology
Paper 1534-bDrunk with Blood: Statius's Influence on Dante's Inferno
(Language: English)
Evangelina Anagnostou-Laoutides, School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Index terms: Language and Literature - Italian, Language and Literature - Latin
Abstract

Intoxication or inebriation was not just part of the reality of life in the ancient and medieval world, but a metaphor for understanding alternative forms of consciousness and spiritual experience. These papers explore different ways in which a classical theme, central to both Greek and Latin literature, were reinterpreted in a Christian context between the 12th and early 14th centuries.