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Vertical Readings in Dante's Comedy. Volume 1

George Corbett
Heather Webb

Notes on the Contributors

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1Zygmunt G. Barański is Serena Professor of Italian Emeritus at the University of Cambridge and Notre Dame Chair in Dante & Italian Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He has published extensively on Dante, medieval Italian literature, Dante’s reception and twentieth-century Italian culture. He is senior editor of Le tre corone.

2K P Clarke was the Keith Sykes Research Fellow in Italian Studies at Pembroke College, Cambridge, before taking the post of Lecturer in Medieval Literature at the Department of English and Related Literature, University of York, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Dante, and is associate member of the Centre for Medieval Literature. He is the author of Chaucer and Italian Textuality (2011), and a number of articles on the Italian Trecento in Dante Studies, Studi sul Boccaccio, Italian Studies, and MLN.

3George Corbett is Junior Research Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge and Affiliated Lecturer of the Department of Italian, University of Cambridge. He is the author of Dante and Epicurus: A Dualistic Vision of Secular and Spiritual Fulfilment (2013), and is co-organiser, with Heather Webb, of the Cambridge Vertical Readings in Dante’s ‘Comedy’ lecture series. He was recently appointed Lecturer in Theology, Imagination and the Arts at the University of St Andrews.

4Simon A. Gilson is Professor of Italian at Warwick University. He teaches and researches on Dante and Italian Renaissance culture, and is the author of Dante and Renaissance Florence (2005). He is General Editor of the monograph series ‘Italian Perspectives’ published by Legenda.

5Claire E. Honess is Professor of Italian Studies at the University of Leeds and co-director of the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies. She studied at the University of Reading, where she completed a PhD on the image of the city in Dante’s writing. Her primary and continuing interest is in the interface between social and religious concepts and images in Dante’s poetry. She is the author of, among other contributions, From Florence to the Heavenly City: The Poetry of Citizenship in Dante (2006) and a translation of Dante’s political letters (2007). She is also an editor of The Italianist.

6Robin Kirkpatrick is Emeritus Professor of Italian and English Literatures at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Robinson College. He has written a number of books on Dante and on the Renaissance, and is particularly interested in the relationship between Italian and English literature from 1300 to 1600 and in the Modern Period. His verse translation of the Commedia with notes and commentary was published by Penguin Classics in 2006-2007.

7John Marenbon has been a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge since 1978. He is also Honorary Professor of Medieval Philosophy at the University of Cambridge and a Visiting Professor at Peking University. He has published books on various subjects in medieval philosophy, including Boethius, Abelard and the problem of divine foreknowledge, as well as some more general surveys and, as editor, The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Philosophy. His most recent work is Pagans and Philosophers: The Problem of Paganism from Augustine to Leibniz (2015).

8Vittorio Montemaggi is Assistant Professor of Religion and Literature in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Notre Dame, where he is also Concurrent Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology. Following degrees in Theology and in European Literature, his work has centred on the relationship between language, truth and love. To date, his publications have focused primarily on Dante’s Commedia, and on its relationship with the works of Gregory the Great, Shakespeare, Primo Levi and Roberto Benigni.

9Paola Nasti is Associate Professor in Italian Studies at the University of Reading. She is the author of a monograph on Dante and the Solomonic biblical tradition, entitled Favole d’amore e “saver profondo”: la tradizione salomonica in Dante (2007). She is author of several articles on Dante’s ecclesiology, on Dante’s commentary tradition and on the tradition of Boethius in Dante and the early Trecento. She also edited Interpreting Dante: Essays on the Traditions of Dante Commentary (2013), which includes her article, ‘A Friar Critic: Guido da Pisa and the Carmelite Heritage’.

10Brenda Deen Schildgen is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature, UC Davis, and the 2008 recipient of the UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement. She specializes in the European Middle Ages, the Bible as Literature, Dante, and Jewish, Christian and Moslem relations in the European Middle Ages. She is the author of over fifty articles and book reviews and of numerous books including, most recently, Divine Providence: A History: The Bible, Virgil, Orosius, Augustine, and Dante (2012); Heritage or Heresy: Preservation and Destruction of Religious Art and Architecture in Europe (2008); Other Renaissances: A New Approach to World Literature (2006), with Zhou Gang and Sander Gilman (translated into Arabic); Dante and the Orient (2002) (translated into Arabic and Italian); and Power and Prejudice: The Reception of the Gospel of Mark (1999).

11Matthew Treherne is Senior Lecturer in Italian at the University of Leeds, where he is Head of the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and co-director of the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies. His publications include Dante’s ‘Commedia’: Theology as Poetry (co-edited with Vittorio Montemaggi, 2010), Reviewing Dante’s Theology (co-edited with Claire Honess, 2013), and Se mai continga…: Exile, Politics and Theology in Dante (2013). He is Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded project, ‘Dante and Late Medieval Florence: Theology in Poetry, Practice and Society’.

12Heather Webb is University Lecturer in Medieval Italian Literature at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Selwyn College. She is the author of The Medieval Heart (2010) and articles on Dante, Catherine of Siena and others. She is co-organiser, with George Corbett, of the Cambridge Vertical Readings in Dante’s ‘Comedy’ lecture series. She is co-editor, with Pierpaolo Antonello, of Mimesis, Desire, and the Novel: René Girard and Literary Criticism (2015).


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