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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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Dante’s characters, in and out of the Divine Comedy - PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED

7th March 2018, 13:00, IAS Seminar Room, Annalisa Cipollone

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED

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PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED

One of the many outstanding features of Dante’s Divine Comedy is the wealth and variety of its characters. Whether they be historical, literary or fictional, they are all portrayed with magisterial craftsmanship, in such a way as to make them real people, ready to jump out of the Comedy and receive new life as protagonists of endless rewritings. This is the fate of, to name but a few, Ulysses, Francesca da Rimini, Count Ugolino, and Dante himself. This talk will explore the vitality of the ‘shades’ of Dante’s Comedy and how they gained new physicality beyond the reach of the author’s quill.

Dr Annalisa Cipollone (Italian Studies – School of Modern Languages and Cultures) is an expert on Dante and early Italian literature. She has published on a variety of authors and subjects, including Dante, Petrarch, the reception of the Classics in the Middle Ages and the history of Italian language. She is the curator of the exhibition Dante. Hell, Heaven and Hope – A journey through life and the afterlife with Dante (Durham, Palace Green Library, 2 December 2017-18 March 2018), and author of the book of the same title (Durham: IAS, 2017).

Contact admin.imems@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.