This term in our Traditio Occidentis Colloquium, we have been studying the period from 1000 A.D. to 1400 A.D. As a result, one of the primary authors we have been covering is Dante. Dante was an interesting fellow to say the least. One thing I have come across that has been by far the most interesting thing to me is the odd fact that two men, Charles Williams(of Inklings fame) and Denis de Rougemont, both well recognized scholars in their fields, took similar examinations of Dante’s work but produced very different results. Williams placed Dante squarely as a critic of the courtly love tradition while Rougemont interpreted him as having fallen victim to the courtly love tradition. Both of these mens analyses hinge upon the motive and interpretation of the character of Beatrice in the Comedy. I am planning on developing my research paper this term around this phenomena. To give you a glimpse of what I hope to cover, here is a short list of some of the books I’ll probably be using:

~ Love in the Western World by Denis de Rougemont
~ Power & Purity: The Cathar Heresy in Medieval Italy by Carol Lansing
~ The Allegory of Love by C.S. Lewis
~ Outlines of Romantic Theology by Charles Williams
~ Studies In Medieval And Renaissance Literature by C.S. Lewis
~ The Figure of Beatrice: A Study in Dante by Charles Williams

Further updates on the paper will be forthcoming.

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