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Reading Dante's Commedia as Theology: Divinity Realized in Human Encounter

Vittorio Montemaggi


This book offers a detailed reading of Dante’s Commedia as theology. What is our relationship to the ground of our being? Dante calls that ultimate reality love, and a key of the Commedia is that it does not take that reality for granted. It reveals that it can only be realized by each reader in a journey of exploration. In the Commedia, that disclosure, the deepening or transfiguration of our sense of what we are or can be, comes about through human encounter. Keen attention to this journey of human encounter, in detailed theological readings both of human interaction as represented in the po ... More

Keywords: Dante, Commedia, Comedy, Theology, Religion and Literature, Dante Studies, methodology, love, human encounter, failure

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190495466
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190495466.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vittorio Montemaggi, author
Assistant Professor of Religion and Literature in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Notre Dame