Past Dante Lectures

Past Lectures

Friday, November 15, 2013
Dante Lecture
Guy Raffa, Dante's Immortal Remains: From Florentine Martyr to Global Icon

Grave robbing, hidden bones, empty tombs, exhumation, sacred dust—Dante’s Immortal Remains assembles these and other pieces of Dante’s lively skeletal history, from his burial in 1321 to a computer-generated reconstruction of his face in 2006.

Friday, November 2, 2012
Dante Lecture
Alison Cornish : Dante and the Project of Translation

Dante is often characterized as the pioneer of a European vernacularization movement that had in fact been going on long enough for him to take his distance from it. This paper considers Dante’s engagement with antiquity against the background of the contradictory impulses of foreignization and domestication in the translating practices of his day.

Friday, March 2, 2012
Dante Lecture
Zygmunt Baranski : What Is So New about Dante's Vita nova?

The lecture attempts to define and account for the innovative literary features of Dante’s youthful masterpiece, the Vita nova. In particular, it examines its primary sources, its structure, and its imposing metaliterary and self-reflective character.

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Friday, April 29, 2011
Dante Lecture
Justin Steinberg : Dante’s Grant of Safe-Conduct through Hell

This lecture explored Dante’s privilege to travel through Hell unharmed and why at certain points, namely at the gates of Dis (Inferno 8-9), this writ is not honored.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Dante Lecture
Rachel Jacoff : Circulating Melody: A Reading of Paradiso 23

Learn more about the the speaker: Rachel Jacoff, Wellesley College

Friday, September 12, 2008
Dante Lecture
Piero Boitani: Images of Nature in Dante's Commedia

Reading Dante’s poem, one is struck by the natural images used, from the wood at the beginning to the sun and stars at the very end. Does Dante employ a “method” with these images? What do they mean? And does their meaning change from Inferno to Purgatorio and Paradiso?

Friday, February 16, 2007
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Christian Moevs

The Perils of Entering Dante’s Paradise

Christian Moevs, University of Notre Dame

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Friday, February 10, 2006
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Gary Cestaro

Dante’s Priscian, or Grammatical Insemination

Gary Cestaro, DePaul University

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Thursday, February 10, 2005
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Dennis Looney

Dante the Abolitionist: African-American Appropriations of the Italian Poet in the Nineteenth Century

Dennis Looney, University of Pittsburgh

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Saturday, February 9, 2002
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Jean Hollander and Robert Hollander
Saturday, February 24, 2001
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Roberta de Monticelli

Phenomenology of a Strange Passion

Roberta de Monticello, University of Geneva

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Saturday, April 13, 1996
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Robert Hollander

A New Source for Dante’s Ulysses

Robert Hollander, Princeton University

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Saturday, December 9, 1995
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Albert Russell Ascoli

Access to Authority: Dante in the Epistle to Cangrande

Albert Russell Ascoli, Northwestern University (now at the University of California, Berkeley)

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Saturday, June 4, 1994
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: William Kennedy

Du Bellay’s Olive and the Site of Petrarch in Early Modern Print

William Kennedy, Cornell University

Saturday, June 4, 1994
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: JoAnna DellaNeva

Fed by Fainter Flames: Pleiade Imitative Practice and the Petrarchist Canon

JoAnn DelaNeva, University of Notre Dame

Saturday, June 4, 1994
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Deborah Parker

Women in the Book Trade in Italy, 1470-1620

Deborah Parker, University of Virginia

Friday, June 3, 1994
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Brian Richardson

Editing Dante’s Commedia in the Renaissance

Brian Richardson, University of Leeds

Friday, June 3, 1994
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Daniel Javitch

The “Packaging” of New Italian Classics in the Cinquecento

Daniel Javitch, New York University 

Saturday, May 14, 1994
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Domenico De Robertis

Vernacular Literature and Printing in Renaissance Italy

Domenico De Robertis, University of Florence

Thursday, May 12, 1994
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Elissa Weaver

Dante in Renaissance Italy

Elissa Weaver, University of Chicago

Saturday, April 30, 1994
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Theodore Cachey, Jr.

Canonizing Dante: Printing, Reading, Collecting

Theodore Cachey, Jr., University of Notre Dame and Paul Gehl, Newberry Library

Saturday, December 5, 1992
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Steven Botterill

“Our bed is green!” Dante and Saint Bernard on the Institutional Church: “ectulus noster floridus”

Steven Botterill, University of California, Berkeley

Saturday, March 28, 1992
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Franco Ferrucci

The First Canto of the Divine Comedy
Franco Ferrucci, Rutgers University

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Saturday, November 16, 1991
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Regina Psaki

Dante the Lyric Poet: The Vita Nuova, the Convivio, and the Divine Comedy
Regina Psaki, University of Oregon

Saturday, March 2, 1991
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Zygmunt C. Baranski

 Zygmunt C. Baranski, University of Reading (now at University of Notre Dame)

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Saturday, November 10, 1990
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Christopher Kleinhenz

Christopher Kleinhenz, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Saturday, November 10, 1990
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Cristina Grau

Cristina Grau, University of Valencia

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Saturday, October 6, 1990
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Lino Pertile

Lino Pertile, University of Edinburg (now at Harvard University)

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Saturday, March 3, 1990
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Franco Masciandaro

Frank Masciandaro, Kent State University (now at the University of Connecticut)

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Saturday, March 3, 1990
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Teodolinda Barolini

Teodolinda Barolini, University of New York (now at Columbia University)

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Saturday, October 21, 1989
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Ricardo Quinones

Ricardo Quinones, Claremont McKenna College

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Saturday, October 21, 1989
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Dante Della Terza

Dante Della Terza, Harvard University

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Saturday, November 12, 1988
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Robert Hollander

Robert Hollander, Princeton University

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Saturday, November 12, 1988
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Pier Vincenzo Mengaldo

Pier Vincenzo Mengaldo, University of Padua

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Saturday, November 12, 1988
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: John Freccero

John Freccero, Stanford University (now at New York Unversity)

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Saturday, April 23, 1988
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Mark Musa

Dante in English (Translating the Comedy)

Mark Musa, Indiana University

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Saturday, February 6, 1988
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Amilcare Iannucci

Allegory and Doctrine in Inferno 8 and 9

Amilcare Iannucci, University of Toronto

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Saturday, November 7, 1987
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Antonio C. Mastrobuono

Is “Journey to Beatrice” a Preparation for Sanctifying Grace?

Antonio C. Mastrobuono, University of Illinos at Chicago

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Saturday, March 14, 1987
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Louis LaFavia

Thomas Aquinas and Siger of Brabant in Dante’s Paradiso

Louis LaFavia, Catholic University of America

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Saturday, March 14, 1987
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Paolo Valesio

The Hermetic Vein in Dante’s Commedia

Paolo Valesio, Yale University (now at Columbia University)

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Saturday, January 24, 1987
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Lawrence Baldassaro

Dante’s Hardened Heart: The Cocito Cantos

Lawrence Baldassaro, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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Saturday, January 24, 1987
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Dino Cervigni

The Eunoe and the Regaining of the Last Good

Dino Cervigni, University of Notre Dame (now at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

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Saturday, November 22, 1986
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Giuseppe Mazzotta

Logic and Power in Dante

Giuseppe Mazzotta, Yale University 

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Saturday, May 31, 1986
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Gino Casagrande

Esto visibile parlare: A Synaesthetic Approach to Purgatorio 10, 55-63
Gino Casagrande, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Saturday, April 12, 1986
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Kenneth Knoespel

If the Skies Were Paper: Dante’s Cranes

Kenneth Knoespel, Georgia Institute of Technology

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Saturday, November 2, 1985
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Michelangelo Picone

Francesca and the Language of Desire

Michelangelo Picone, McGill University

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Saturday, April 20, 1985
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: David Carozza

The Structural Leit-motif of Maturation in the Commedia

David Carozza, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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Saturday, March 9, 1985
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Caron Cioffi

Il cantor dei bucolici carmi: The Influence of Virgilian Pastoral on Dante’s Depiction of Earthly Paradise

Caron Cioffi, University of Chicago

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Saturday, February 16, 1985
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Winthrop Wetherbee

What Statius Meant for Dante

Winthrop Wetherbee, University of Chicago

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Saturday, December 1, 1984
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Dino Cervigni

Femmina e Donna Santa: Dante’s Second Dream

Dino Cervigni, University of Notre Dame, (now at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Saturday, December 1, 1984
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Christopher Kleinhenz

The Cantos of Statius

Christopher Kleinhenz, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Saturday, November 3, 1984
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Vitorre Branca

Saint Francis and Dante

Vitorre Branca, University of Padua

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Saturday, May 26, 1984
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Nicolae Iliescu

The Roman Emperors in the Divine Comedy

Nicolae Illiescu, Harvard University

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Saturday, March 3, 1984
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Christopher Kleinhenz

Statius, Dante, and Virgil: an Unusual Trinity

Christopher Kleinheinz, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Saturday, December 3, 1983
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Mario Trovato

Dante and the Tradition of the Two Beatitudes

Mario Trovato, Northwestern University

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Saturday, October 15, 1983
Dante Lecture
Dante Lecture: Antonio Mastrobuono

Purgatorio 33.41: A darne tempo gia stele propinque

Antonio Mastrobuono, University of Illinois at Chicago

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