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Convivio: new edition and translation

Andrew Frisardi   Independent scholar

My edition and first fully-annotated translation of one of Dante’s ‘minor’ works, Convivio: A Dual-Language Critical Edition, has recently been published by Cambridge University Press. It is hard to explain in a few words what the Convivio, composed by Dante in exile between 1304 and 1307, is like since it is as unique as most of his works. Let me just say that Dante as the quintessential poet-scholar is his truly unpredictable poet-scholarly self in this book. He gives prose commentaries on three of his own long poems, which are in the book as well, and is mind-bogglingly innovative and visionary with what he does with that. I highly recommend it for an experience of what the poetic intelligence can do when it is operating on all levels, as well as for getting closer to Dante’s thought in the Divine Comedy.    Continue reading

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Dante, Petrarch, Machiavelli, Pirandello: Remo Bodei in Melbourne and Sydney

imagesThe philosopher Remo Bodei will be giving talks in Melbourne and Sydney in March. Time, eternity, history: Dante, Petrarch, Machiavelli is the title of his talk (in English) at the Italian Cultural Institute, 233 Domain Rd, South Yarra, on Thursday 9 March at 6.30pm (free, booking essential). On Friday March 10, at Co.As.It. – Museo Italiano, 199 Faraday Street, Carlton, he will be talking (in Italian) on Pirandello e la dissoluzione della personalità (free, booking essential), a lecture to mark the 150th anniversary of Pirandello’s birth. He will also be giving this talk in Sydney on 13 March, 4 – 5.30pm, in the Dept of Italian at the University of Sydney (registration here). On March 15, 6 – 7.30pm, he will talk on Memory and Forgetting: A Conflicting Complicity at the State Library of New South Wales (Metcalfe Auditorium, Macquarie Building: information for registration here) . For details of the contents of the talks Continue reading

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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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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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From Hell to Paradise

54d559ad-d2a7-4660-9c75-3c9846a27fe3On Wednesday 9 September 2015 from 6-8pm the Istituto Italiano di Cultura of Melbourne (233 Domain Rd, South Yarra) is hosting From Hell to Paradise: 750 Years with Dante, an event to mark the 750th anniversary of the birth of Dante Alighieri with music (the Early Music Studio), poetry readings (Simon West and Gregoria Manzin) and talks (William Johnston, Andrea Rizzi). A rare edition of the Divina Commedia held by the University of Melbourne will be displayed during the final part of the event by the University Librarian, Mr Philip Kent. The event is free but RSVP here is essential.

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Prof Zyg Baranski (Notre Dame University, US and Cambridge University, UK) is Visiting Scholar at the Italian Studies program at Monash University


zyg_baranski_for_web-5Prof Zyg Baranski (Professor of Dante and Italian Studies Notre Dame University, US, and Emeritus Serena Professor of Italian, University of Cambridge, UK), a world’s leading expert on Dante, medieval literature and poetics, and expert on modern literature and film, is Visiting Scholar at the Monash Italian Studies program. During his visit he will give three lectures. Everybody invited!

“Transforming Propaganda: Roberto Rossellini’s Un pilota ritorna“, Thursday October 9, 6.30pm, Italian Institute of Culture (233 Domain Rd, South Yarra). This public lecture is part of the RISM seminar series organized by Monash Italian Studies in collaboration with the Italian Institute of Culture.

This seminar examines the ways in which Rossellini’s 1942 film undercuts its apparent propagandist aims by drawing on a wide range of cinematic genres and by introducing marked shifts and contrasts in its structure. Indeed, rather than serve fascist war aims, Un pilota ritorna calls into question various aspects of fascist policy, granting primacy to ethics over politics, and recognizing the importance of pluralism.

“Language as sin and salvation in Dante: Inferno XVIII”, Friday October 10, 11am, Clayton Campus room E561, in collaboration with the Monash Med-Renaissance Seminar Series.

On account of its sexual overtones and scatological references, Inferno XVIII has caused considerable embarrassment to Dante scholars, who have tended to offer partial and reductive readings of the canto. The present lecture aims to establish Inferno XVIII’s key role in the structure of the Commedia, not only as regards its function as ‘prologue’ to one of the most original sections of Dante’s afterlife, the richly stratified circle of fraud Malebolge, but also as the canto in which the poet addresses two of the major controversial questions relating to the form of his great poem, namely, its status as ‘comedy’ and its linguistic eclecticism.

“La formazione intellettuale di Dante”, Thursday October 16, 6.30pm, Italian Institute of Culture (233 Domain Rd, South Yarra). This seminar is conducted in Italian and open to students and academics of all the universities of Melbourne and to the general public.

Dante, dove ha imparato e letto le cose che sapeva? A prima vista la domanda può sembrare banale, persino ‘inutile’. Eppure, è la domanda che, negli ultimi anni, i dantisti si sono posti con sempre maggior insistenza. La lezione prende in considerazione questioni come l’educazione di Dante, la situazione culturale di Firenze alla fine del Duecento, i rapporti di Dante con Bologna, gli effetti dell’esilio e le simpatie ideologiche del poeta.

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Dante: essays in honour of John A. Scott

Portrait_de_DanteA collection of essays on Dante, “Legato con amore in un volume, edited by John Kinder and Diana Glenn, has just been published by Olschki to honour John Scott, emeritus professor at the University of Western Australia, on his 80th birthday. The volume, with contributions from the world’s leading Dante scholars, is organised around three themes: Dante and the Italian cultural tradition; the Commedia;  and Dante and the Anglophone world.

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