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Dante for the Modern Reader

(8 January 2018)

To complement Palace Green Library’s new exhibition 'Hell, Heaven and Hope: A Journey through life and the afterlife with Dante', IMEMS is offering a series of public engagement lectures. The first of the series is 'Dante for the Modern Reader' presented by Peter Hainsworth (Emeritus Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford) and David Robey (Digital Humanities Consultant at the Oxford e-Research Centre) on Wednesday, 17 January at 6pm in the Palace Green Library Learning Centre. Tickets for the lecture, wine reception, and tour of the exhibition 'Hell, Heaven and Hope: A Journey through life and the afterlife with Dante' will cost £12.50. Please note that booking is essential.

Dante’s Divine Comedy is often seen as a kind of encyclopaedia of medieval thought and culture. But it also speaks strongly to the present day. Following on from our Very Short Introduction to Dante, we will discuss the problems and issues that arise in presenting him to the modern general reader, and give our own view of what makes Dante such a startlingly distinctive and original author both within medieval culture and within European literature generally. Though we shall take due account of the distance between Dante and ourselves, we shall emphasise how and why he can be read with pleasure and profit for more than historical reasons.

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