Dante and Late Medieval Florence: Theology in Poetry, Practice and Society

This project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, aims to recover the multiple experiences of theology in late-medieval Italy, focusing on Florence in the 1280s and 1290s, and to examine the way in which Dante engages with the forms of these experiences in his Commedia. The project will draw together a team of seven researchers, based in the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies in the University of Leeds, and in the Department of Italian in the University of Warwick, to cast light on the ways in which medieval theology was mediated and experienced within a specific historical and geographical context, paying close attention to its varieties and their effects upon different publics. In doing so, it will re-evaluate a key dimension of a fundamental work of world literature, a work which is increasingly recognised not only as being central within the European literary tradition, but also as a distinctive and unique theological voice in its own right.

As well as research outputs, the project will develop significant opportunities for the public to benefit from its findings, including through concerts and web resources.

The project will draw on and develop a well-established link with the leading North American centre for Dante studies, the Devers Program at the University of Notre Dame. The project is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Each year the AHRC provides funding from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities. Only applications of the highest quality are funded and the range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. For further information on the AHRC, please go to: www.ahrc.ac.uk.