The study of the emotions has become increasingly central to medieval studies. The lecture begins by discussing the unsystematic contribution that Dante scholarship has made to the question since the early twentieth century, and addresses some questions of method relating to the analysis of the poet’s engagement with contemporary ideas on the ties between reason and passion. It will then focus on two areas—one ideological, the nature of heavenly beatitude, the other poetic and rhetorical, the poet’s addresses to the reader in the Commedia—in which Dante’s representation of the interplay between the intellect and the emotions effectively illustrates his thinking on each, as well as their interconnections.
The lecture will be held in English.
Dec 17, 2014 | 06:00 PM c.t.
Freie Universität Berlin, "Rostlaube", Seminarzentrum, Room L 115, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem