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Dante at Auschwitz: The role of poetry in our world

frans_francken_ii_-_mankinds_eternal_dilemma_-_the_choice_between_virtue_and_viceIs there a degree of suffering and degradation beyond which a man or a woman ceases to be a human being? A point beyond which our spirit dies and only pure physiology survives? And to what extent, if any, may poetry and literary culture be capable of preserving the integrity of our humanity? These are some of the questions, posed with reference to the descriptions of extreme suffering in Dante’s Inferno and Primo Levi’s If This Is a Man, in the public lecture by Lino Pertile (Harvard), Dante at Auschwitz: the Role of Poetry in our World, to be delivered at the Public Lecture Theatre, Old Arts Building, The University of Melbourne, on Thursday 22 Sept 2016, 6.oo-7.oopm (registration here).  Continue reading

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