This book takes Alighieri Dante's multifaceted discourse of desire as a platform in investigating medieval concepts of desire in all their multiplicity, fragmentation, and interrelation, focusing on the intersection between theories of language and theories of desire in the Middle Ages.
Introduction: Transforming Desire Part I: Transformations 1. Modern Lovers: Evanescence and the Act in Dante, Arnaut, and Sordello 2. L'ora che volge il disio': Comparative Hermeneutics of Desire in Dante and 'AttÄr 3. Ever-Growing Desire: Spiritual Pregnancy in Hadewijch and in Middle High German Mystics 4. Quali colombe dal disio chiamate': A Bestiary of Desire in Dante's Commedia 5. Dante Painting an Angel: Image-making, Double-oriented Sonnets and Dissemblance in Vita Nuova xxxiv Part II: Senses and Intellect 6. The Call of the Beautiful: Augustine and the Object of Desire in Purgatorio x 7. Desire and Devotion, Vision and Touch in the Vita Nuova 8. Intellectual Memory and Desire in Augustine and Dante's Paradiso 9. Sexualities and Knowledges in Purgatorio xxvi and Inferno v Part 3: Textuality and Translatiü 10. Between 'Unio' and Alienation: Expressions of Desire in the Strophic Poems of Hadewijch 11. Desire, Subjectivity, and Lyric Poetry in Dante's Convivio and Commedia 12. Desire as a Dead Letter: A Reading of Petrarch's RVF 125 13. Queer Metaphors and Queerer Reproduction in Alain de Lille's De planctu naturae and Jean de Meun's Roman de la rose 14. Desiring Tales: Two Vernacular Poetics of Desire