Susanna Barsella

In the Light of the Angels
Angelology and Cosmology in Dante's Divina Commedia

2010, cm 17 x 24, xvi-214 pp. English Text.

ISBN: 9788822259745

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As the first organic study on angelic operations in the Divine Comedy, this book puts Dante’s angelology within the XIII century theological and philosophical debate on the nature and functions of separate substances. Highlighting the original fusion of classical and patristic traditions within the providential outline of the poem, it argues the centrality of angels in the Comedy’s ethical-cosmological system and narrative strategy, opening new interpretations of figures such as the «Heavenly Messenger»; the Purgatory angels; and Beatrice.

Susanna Barsella
Dr Susanna Barsella is Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at Fordham University. She received her Ph.D in Italian Literature at Johns Hopkins University and an M. Phil. in Economics from the University of York (UK). Dr. Barsella’s main area of research is in Italian Medieval literature and Renaissance Humanism with a specific interest in the literature of Early Humanism. She has publications on Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio, Michelangelo, and on the idea of work from antiquity to the Middle Ages. Dr Barsella’s interests also embrace twentieth-century literature. Her publications in this area include articles on Pirandello, Gadda, and twentieth-century poetry.
Susanna Barsella insegna lingua e letteratura italiana alla Fordham University di New York. Ha conseguito il Dottorato in Letteratura Italiana (Ph.D.) alla Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA) e un Master of Philosophy in Economia alla York University (UK). La sua ricerca si concentra sulla letteratura italiana del medio evo e dell’umanesimo e il rapporto tra etica e letteratura con particolare attenzione alle implicazioni teologiche e filosofiche dell’idea di lavoro in autori medievali e umanistici. Ha pubblicato saggi sul lavoro nella letteratura dall’antichità al Medio Evo, Boccaccio, Dante, Petrarca, Michelangelo e, in ambito contemporaneo, su Pirandello, Gadda, e la poesia del ventesimo secolo.