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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 733: 'Dante Now': Trends in Dante Studies 2016, I - Women's Voices

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Rory D. Sellgren, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:James Robinson, Department of English Studies, Durham University
Paper 733-aBuried in Dialogue: Towards an Archaeology of Beatrix loquax
(Language: English)
David Bowe, Somerville College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Italian, Women's Studies
Paper 733-bBeatrice as Theologian: The Construction of a Female Authority in Dante's Commedia
(Language: English)
Abigail Rowson, School of Languages, Cultures & Societies - Italian, University of Leeds
Index terms: Language and Literature - Italian, Theology
Paper 733-cDante and Prejudice: The Female Voice in 'Inferno V'
(Language: English)
Nicolò Crisafi, Faculty of Medieval & Modern Languages, University of Oxford
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Italian

In 1978, George Steiner wrote 'Dante Now: The Gossip of Eternity' in which he predicted a decline in Dante Studies following the publication of Charles S. Singleton's translation of the Divine Comedy and its accompanying three-volume commentary. In 1995, Theodore Cachey published a collection of essays entitled Dante Now: Current Trends in Dante Studies that demonstrated how Dante is still 'central to ongoing debates in the humanities about the relationship between literature and philosophy, between literature and history, about allegory and/or representation, about the formation and function of the Western literary canon, about issues of gender, intertextuality, and translation' ('Introduction', p. x). This session will discuss representations of the women's voices in Dante's lyrical poetry, theological discourse, and conception of medieval justice.