The Italian Research Seminar
Anne Leone (Notre Dame) - "Economic and Communal Implications of Blood in Dante"
Thursday, August 27 at 4:30pm in Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries
Despite the varied and central roles that blood played in medieval culture, as has been demonstrated in studies from an array of disciplines, including history, art history, medicine, theology and literature, the issue of blood in Dante has escaped systematic investigation. This is surprising given blood’s not infrequent appearance – and wide-ranging implications – in nearly all the poet’s works. This talk introduces several of the key philological, theological and metaliterary questions relating Dante’s treatment of blood that remain to be addressed, which are treated systematically in my current book project.
Anne Leone is a research assistant professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Notre Dame. In addition to conducting research, she helps run Italian Studies at Notre Dame, performing various administrative duties for the Program. Her research has focused primarily on issues relating to blood in Dante and medieval culture, Dante's treatment of female figures, and intersections between theological, metaliterary and medical issues in Dante's works.