Dante, Heterodoxy, and Spirituality without Religion

(Panel)


Italian / Comparative Literature

Christiana Purdy Moudarres (Yale University)

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.



This panel welcomes contributions to the enduring question of Dante’s religious heterodoxy, the current state of the question itself, and its relevance to the spiritual-but-not-religious movement of today.