Publications

“Dante for Mothers,” in Dante Beyond Borders. Contexts and Reception, ed. Nick Havely, Jonathan Katz, Richard Cooper. Legenda: 2021

 Book chapter Part of ISBN: 978-1-781888-38-4

Dante engaged with an extraordinary range of traditions, disciplines and media, and a variety of speech-communities, cultures, genres and media have received his work: from Spain, France and Germany to North America and the Indian sub-continent; and from medieval multilingualism and early modern humanism to contemporary politics, translations and databases. Those multiple contexts and this prolific afterlife form the subject of the book’s 27 essays, which have been commissioned from an international group of scholars to mark the 2021 Dante centenary. Contributors include members of several historic Dante Societies: The Dante Society of America, (founded 1881); the Deutsche Dante-Gesellschaft (founded 1865); and the Oxford Dante Society (founded 1876); and their essays present a variety of interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approaches to a major transnational poet. “Dante for Mothers” examines Dante’s reception among early childhood educators in the mid-Western United States. It is also a part of a chapter that examines Dante’s influence on the philosophy of education in my completed manuscript, Dante at Hand.

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Dante’s Volume from Alpha to Omega, ed. Carol Chiodo and Christiana Purdy Moudarres. Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies / (Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies (Series) v. 577) 2021

Book ISBN: 9780866986359

This collection of essays examines how Dante’s spiritual quest is powered by an encyclopedic one, which has for more than seven centuries drawn a readership as diverse as the knowledge his work contains. The essays investigate both the intellectual and spiritual pleasures that Dante’s Commedia affords, underscoring how, through the sheer breadth of its knowledge, the poem demands collective and collaborative inquiry. Rather than isolating the poetic or theological strands of the Commedia, the book acts as a bridge across disciplines, braiding together the well-worn strands of poetry and theology with those of philosophy, the sciences, and the arts.

“Hitting the Mark: Projectile Motion and the “segno lieto” in Dante’s Commedia,” in Dante’s Volume from Alpha to Omega, ed. Carol Chiodo and Christiana Purdy Moudarres, Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies (Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies v. 577) 2021

Book chapter Part of ISBN: 9780866986359

“Hitting the Mark” examines medieval theories concerning projectile motion in light of Dante’s contributions to that scientific debate in his Commedia. Drawn from my dissertation research on Dante’s metaphors of technology, this chapter has been subsequently revised and will appear in my monograph, Lyric Knowledge.

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“Beatrice in the Tag Cloud,” in Approaches to Teaching Dante’s Divine Comedy, 2nd ed. Christopher Kleinhenz and Kristina Olson, MLA: 2020

Book chapter Part of ISBN: 9781603294287

This pedagogical essay describes the benefits of an online public forum for student writing in the context of a semester-long undergraduate course on Dante in translation.

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“De nostri temporis studiorum ratione and the Digital Humanities,” NeMLA Italian Studies Special Issue, The Italian Digital Classroom, XXXIX (2017)

Journal article

This short essay reflects on how an Italian philosopher of the Enlightenment, Giambattista Vico, and his question about “current study methods” can guide today’s digitally inflected approaches to a liberal arts education.

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“Tutti i frutti: The Fruits of Treachery and the Roots of the Soul in Inferno” in Table Talk. Perspectives on Food in Italian Literature, ed. C. Purdy Moudarres, Cambridge Scholars, 2010.

Book chapter Part of ISBN: 9781443825115

This chapter takes Dante’s knowledge of horticulture and the technology of grafting as a point of departure for exploring metaphors that bind the processes of fruit cultivation to the cultivation of the soul. A revised portion of this paper will appear in the monograph, Lyric Knowledge.

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