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Religion and Theology Book Launch

22 March 2013

A new book, Vernacular Theology: Dominican Sermons and Audience in Late Medieval Italy (Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2013), has just been published by Dr Eliana Corbari, Research Fellow in Medieval Christianity at the Department of Religion and Theology.

Venue: Room G5, Department of Religion and Theology, University of Bristol, 3 Woodland Road.

Date: 7 May 2013

Time: 6:00-7.00PM

Dr Eliana Corbari, Research Fellow in Medieval Christianity, Department of Religion and Theology has had a new book published, Vernacular Theology: Dominican Sermons and Audience in Late Medieval Italy (Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2013). This book is based on the research she began for her doctoral thesis, which was supervised by Dr Carolyn Muessig, Department of Religion and Theology, University of Bristol. Her thesis was awarded the prize for best doctoral thesis in the Faculty of Arts in 2008.

Vernacular theology, in late medieval Italy, remained within the wholly orthodox practice of teaching and learning theology, which existed alongside university and monastic education. This book shows that the discourse on God and human beings in relationship with God and one another was by no means the preserve of a male clerical elite educated in Latin. When the Christian narrative was transmitted and transformed beyond the monasteries and universities in the shape of sermons, hagiography, conversations, and material culture, theology belonged as much to the women and lay audiences who traversed the streets and squares of Italian cities.

By presenting a detailed study of manuscripts pertaining to Lenten preaching and sermon literature, taking into account relevant hagiographical sources, and Florentine frescos, this book not only contributes to our understanding of vernacular theology, it is in itself a kind of vernacular theology, whereby the words and deeds of women may continue to inspire and play an active role in conversation with other classical theological traditions, in a more widely accessible, but no less challenging form of theological pedagogy.

Please join us to raise a glass and celebrate this wonderful achievement with Eliana Corbari. The celebration will take place immediately after our final seminar of the year; 7 May 2013: George Ferzoco, Aspects of Preaching, Sermons and Holiness in Medieval Christianity. Followed by a Buddhist Studies perspective: Respondent, Rita Langer.

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