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Dante and the Legibility of the Universe: Facts and Narratives

Argues that the Divine Comedy dramatizes the risks and rewards of competing narratives, or different ways of reading.

Power and Progress

Study of a fascinating medieval Jewish philosopher, focusing on his twin conceptions of history.

Cleansing the Temple: Dante, Defender of the Church

Dante as protector and purifier of the Church.

Language as Sin and Salvation: A Lectura of Inferno 18

Describes several key roles of Canto 18 in the structure of the Commedia.

Conceiving Identities

Explores how medieval Muslim theologians constructed a female gender identity based on an ideal of maternity and how women contested it.

Progressive Minds, Conservative Politics

Compelling account of Strauss's mature Maimonidean writings.

Songs Beyond Mankind: Poetry and the Lager from Dante to Primo Levi

Examines the preservation of the integrity of humanity through literature in the hells described by Dante in his Inferno and by Primo Levi in Survival in Auschwitz.

Fairy Tales Framed

Edited by Ruth B. Bottigheimer
Subjects: History

Translations of the forewords and afterwords by original fairy tale authors and commentaries by their contemporaries, material that has not been widely published in English.

Chaucerian Spaces

Examines affect and the significance of space and place in the first six Canterbury Tales.

Reform and Resistance

Explores the relationship between gender and identity in early medieval Germanic societies.

Dante and Paul's "Five Words with Understanding"

By Robert Hollander
Subjects: History

Argues there is a program of five-word utterances that imitate fallen language in Dante’s Commedia.

From Divine to Human: Dante's Circle vs. Boccaccio's Parodic Centers

In Boccacio's Decameron, Cervigni sees a parodic echo of the circles of Dante's Divine Comedy, and asks whether Bocaccio envisions the voyage of the brigata as similar to Dante the Pilgrim's journey toward the center, first the abysmal center of Lucifer, then towards the highest center, God.

Theophany

Situates Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite as a Neoplatonic philosopher in the tradition of Plotinus and Proclus.

Dante from Two Perspectives: The Sienese Connection

Addresses the implications of a document found in the Archivio di Stato di Siena which affirms a connection between Farinata degli Uberti, a Florentine conspicuously encountered by Dante the pilgrim in Inferno 10, and the Sienese Ghibellines with whom he and his fellow Florentine Ghibellines joined, in an alliance which produced the Sienese victory at the battle of Montaperti in 1260.

Access to God in Augustine's Confessions

By Carl G. Vaught
Subjects: History

Continuing his groundbreaking reappraisal of the Confessions, Carl G. Vaught shows how Augustine's solutions to philosophical and theological problems emerge and discusses the longstanding question of the work's unity.

The King's English

Shows how Alfred the Great's translations of Latin works exposed Anglo-Saxon elites to classical learning and Christian thought while bringing prestige to the king and his West Saxon dialect.

Dante and the Jewish Question

Addresses Jacoff’s own discomfort with Dante’s reiteration of the deicide charge against the Jews in Paradiso 7 and elsewhere.

The Philosopher-King in Medieval and Renaissance Jewish Political Thought

Illustrates Plato’s theory of the philosopher-king in the context of medieval and Renaissance Jewish thought.

Dante Between Philosophers and Theologians: Paradiso X - XIII

Raises the radical question of how Dante’s understanding of poetry shaped his theology, his ethics, and, more generally his sense of the organization of knowledge or encyclopedia.

Totems for Defence and Illustration of Taboo: Sites of Petrarchism in Renaissance Europe

Argues that critical comments appended to early printed editions of Petrarch’s Rime sparse inflected the reception and understanding of Petrarch’s vernacular poetry in Renaissance Europe.

Writing Without Footnotes: The Role of the Medievalist in Contemporary Intellectual Life

Argues that academics’ intellectual engagement with a public beyond the walls of their own specialties, and even beyond the walls of the academy, was long a commonplace and significant part of the work of professors and writers in the humanities.

Inscribing the Hundred Years' War in French and English Cultures

Examines the impact of the Hundred Years' War on French and English literature of the period, revealing the ways in which history influences literature and literature intervenes in history.

Insediamenti Francescani in Abruzzo nel Duecento e Sviluppo nel '300 e 400 con la Riforma Osservante

Analyzes the early presence of Franciscan monastic houses in Abruzzo in the thirteenth century.

The Problem of Evil

By Shams C. Inati
Subjects: Philosophy

The first comprehensive study of Ibn Sînâ’s Theodicy.

Dante and Petrarch: The Earthly Paradise Revisited

Explores the nature and significance of Petrarch’s indebtedness to Dante in the Rime sparse.

Scholasticism

Leading scholars in the field of religious studies show that scholasticism as a comparative category is useful in the analysis of a variety of religious and philosophical traditions and even in the task of cultural criticism.

Dante's Cosmos

Freccero argues that the Paradiso may be considered a medieval version of science fiction.

Sex and Gender in Medieval and Renaissance Texts

Examines interrelated topics in Medieval and Renaissance Latin literature: the status of women as writers, the status of women as rhetorical figures, and the status of women in society from the fifth to the early seventeenth century.

Servius and Commentary on Virgil

Traces the importance and influence, in the wake of Tiberius Claudius Donatus, of Servius' Commentaries in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, especially on the magisri, the grammatici, and the mythographers.

Holy Men and Holy Women

This is a collection of essays on the literature of "saints' lives" in Anglo-Saxon literature.

Besieging the Castle of Ladies

Traces the mysterious motif of the castle defined by women across several centuries, regions, and cultural expressions.

The End of the Jihad State

Demonstrates for the first time that the cause of the Umayyad caliphate’s collapse came not just from internal conflict, but from a number of external and concurrent factors that exceeded the caliphate’s capacity to respond.

Ritual, Politics, and the City in Fatimid Cairo

Provides an understanding of the complexities of political legitimacy in Islamic dynasties by examining Fatimid political culture in Egypt reconstructed from court rituals.

Celestina and Castilian Humanism at the End of the Fifteenth Century

Argues that the Comedia de Calisto y Melibea is a drama grounded in the western humanist tradition.

ACTA Volume #21

Edited by Mary-Jo Arn
Subjects: History

Women's Secrets

Women's Secrets provides the first modern translation of the notorious treatise De secretis mulierum, popular throughout the late middle ages and into modern times. The Secrets deals with human reproduction ...

The Refutation of the Christian Principles

During the fourteenth century, there was a general demoralization in the Jewish community in Spain. Many Jews were on the brink of conversion. Rabbi Crescas met the Christian challenge by writing this ...

Dante's Beatrice: Priest of an Androgynous God

Examines Dante’s character of Beatrice and contends that, more than simply leading Dante to God, Beatrice allows him to see a feminine side in God, humanity, and himself.

Speaking Two Languages

This book is designed for the medievalist interested in contemporary criticism but cautious about its limits. The volume's essays are not designed to offer rereadings of familiar texts, but to address ...

The Olde Daunce

In this volume a variety of perspectives reevaluate the nature of friendship, desire, and the olde daunce of love in the Middle Ages. Challenging earlier scholarly notions about medieval marriage, this ...

Wykked Wyves and the Woes of Marriage

Analysis of the literature demonstrates a link between the growing secularism and careerism of the late middle ages and the reduction of women’s social status and public options.

Hermeneutics and Medieval Culture

Edited by Patrick J. Gallacher & Helen Damico
Subjects: History

This study explores the art of interpretation in works of history, art, music, and literature from the medieval period. The authors demonstrate that the search for meaning was a primary concern of medieval ...

ACTA Volume #16

Edited by David Lampe
Subjects: History

ACTA Volume #12

Edited by David Lampe
Subjects: History