Dante’s Commedia: the map and the meaning

220px-Portrait_de_DanteHere are details of two recent contributions to Dante Studies. Andrea Gazzoni (Pennsylvania) has created an interactive map of the places mentioned in the Commedia, funded by the Price Lab for Digital Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania. A set of layers allows users to explore the map according to different parameters, with pop-up cards describing each mention of a place and quoting Dante’s text. This is a beta version: further materials and analyses will be added later. And John Kinder (UWA) reflects on the source of the continuing interest in the Commedia 750 years after its author’s birth, arguing that its religious sense touches something specific to the modern condition.

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