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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

Discovering Dante

14th October 2017, 17:30 to 18:30, Palace Green Library, Michael O'Neill, Jason Harding, Nicola Gardini

Look around you and the influence of medieval poet Dante Alighieri is everywhere. For centuries his work has inspired artists and writers from Botticelli to Dan Brown. Join this Durham Book Festival event to discuss Dante’s enduring popularity and the influence of his work in culture today.

A new exhibition at Palace Green Library will follow the story of Dante’s The Divine Comedy. Reflecting the entire human experience, Dante’s work considers the power of resilience through difficult times and ultimately offers a message of hope.

Durham University academics Professor Michael O’Neill and Dr Jason Harding will be joined by Professor Nicola Gardini of Keble College, Oxford, to discuss Dante’s enduring popularity and the influence of his work in culture today.

Chaired by Professor Annalisa Cipollone, Durham University.

Hell, Heaven and Hope: A Journey through life and the afterlife with Dante opens 18 November 2017 at Palace Green Library.

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