Word and Image in Dante’s Divine Comedy, Session at International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo 2007

42nd International Congress on Medieval Studies,
The Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 10-13 May 2007

This is the second year the International Association of Word and Image Studies is sponsoring a session at the Congress. This session is co-organised by Véronique Plesch and Olivia Holmes.

As an encyclopedic text that draws together an endless number of medieval topoi, motifs, archetypes, etc, Dante’s Divine Comedy is crucial for understanding the culture of the period, while as a visionary poem, it is supremely visual in its articulations. It therefore provides an ideal forum for discussing the intersection and symbiosis of words and images and is a natural choice for this sponsored session. We hope to include papers that discuss visual representations of Dante’s text, as well as how the pictorial culture of the time informs the poem and helps us to interpret it. Other possible topics might include the relationship between the visual and the textual both in Dante’s poesis and in, for instance, contemporary devotional practices.

The 2007 International Congress on Medieval Studies took place May 10-13, at Western Michigan U, Kalamazoo. Please address all inquiries with regard to this session to:
Véronique Plesch
Colby College
Dept. of Art
5630 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901