Christiana Purdy Moudarres
Christiana Purdy Moudarres is Assistant Professor of Italian Language and Literature. After completing her Ph.D. in Italian literature at Yale, she went on to pursue her interest in Medieval Studies through Yale Divinity School’s M.A.R. program. Her research interests include Dante, the intersection of medieval science and religion, and gender studies. She has published articles on natural philosophy and theology in the Divine Comedy and has edited three volumes on medieval and early modern literature: Table Talk: Perspectives on Food in Medieval Italian Literature, New Worlds and the Italian Renaissance: Contributions to the History of European Intellectual Culture, and Dante’s Volume from Alpha to Omega (forthcoming). An Ahmanson Research Fellow and Visiting Scholar at UCLA’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies from 2012-2013, she is currently completing her first book, A Sacred Banquet: Medicine and Theology in Dante’s Commedia, under review with University of Notre Dame Press.
ITAL 310a, Dante in Translation TR
A critical reading of Dante’s Divine Comedy and selections from the minor works, with an attempt to place Dante’s work in the intellectual and social context of the late Middle Ages by relating literature to philosophical, theological, and political concerns.
No knowledge of Italian required. Course conducted in English.
ITAL 317b, Women in the Middle Ages TR
Medieval understandings of womanhood examined through analysis of writings by and/or about women, from antiquity through the Middle Ages. Introduction to the premodern Western canon and assessment of the role that women played in its construction.
ITAL 470a/b, Special Studies in Italian Literature
A series of tutorials to direct students in special interests and requirements. Students meet regularly with a faculty member.
ITAL 530a, Dante in Translation
|A critical reading of Dante’s Divine Comedy and selections from the minor works, with an attempt to place Dante’s work in the intellectual and social context of the late Middle Ages by relating literature to philosophical, theological, and political concerns.|