Dante, Heterodoxy, and Spirituality without Religion

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Christiana Purdy Moudarres

 

Dante, Heterodoxy, and Spirituality without Religion

As the number of religiously affiliated Americans continues to decline, “spiritual but not religious” has become an increasingly common self-description among millennials and members of Generation Z. Interestingly, and perhaps not coincidentally, this societal trend has dovetailed with a recent development in Dante’s American afterlife. While the question of Dante’s heterodoxy is as old as the Comedy itself, its interest for professional readers of the poem has escalated since the early aughts (e.g. Miller [2005]; Ardizzone and Barolini [2014]). At the same time, beyond the academe, the poet’s path to spiritual enlightenment has inspired narratives of transformation that transcend religious affiliation (e.g. Dreher [2015]; Luzzi [2015]). This panel welcomes contributions to the enduring question Dante’s religious heterodoxy; the current state of the question itself; and its relevance to the SBNR movement of today.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions at christiana.purdymoudarres@yale.edu. Abstracts of 300 words or less should be submitted directly to NeMLA by September 30 (https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18266) .