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2019

Medieval History

Journal

University of Pennsylvania

Dante

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Staging Dante Today: A Three-Day Residency Of Teatro Delle Albe At The University Of Pennsylvania, Giulio Genovese Dec 2019

Staging Dante Today: A Three-Day Residency Of Teatro Delle Albe At The University Of Pennsylvania, Giulio Genovese

Bibliotheca Dantesca: Journal of Dante Studies

Giulio Genovese reports on last spring’s visit from Marco Martinelli and Ermanna Montanari, founders of the Teatro delle Albe in 1983. They shared their experience with Dante Alighieri and his relationship with the city of Ravenna. The Teatro delle Albe staged the “Inferno” (2017) and the “Purgatorio” (2019), and they will celebrate the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death in 2021 with a new performance.


My Dante. A Conversation With Theodore Cachey On American Dante Studies, Theodore J. Cachey Jr., Natale Vacalebre Dec 2019

My Dante. A Conversation With Theodore Cachey On American Dante Studies, Theodore J. Cachey Jr., Natale Vacalebre

Bibliotheca Dantesca: Journal of Dante Studies

Theodore J. Cachey Jr. is one of the major representatives of the new American Dante Studies. This article proposes a conversation with the scholar on various aspects of his work and personal experience in the American Dante studies between the 1980s and recent years.


Dante Translating, Robin Kirkpatrick Dec 2019

Dante Translating, Robin Kirkpatrick

Bibliotheca Dantesca: Journal of Dante Studies

This essay is intended as a discussion document. Its argument is that translation does not involve a search for conclusive authority but is rather a performative act, engaging the reader of a translation as well as its author in close critical engagement with the text. This may be said even in considering the translation of Dante’s Commedia—a work which all too often is thought to aim at final, definitive utterance.


“A Simple Sucking Of The Teeth:” Beckett, Dante And The “Risus Purus”, Scott Annett Dec 2019

“A Simple Sucking Of The Teeth:” Beckett, Dante And The “Risus Purus”, Scott Annett

Bibliotheca Dantesca: Journal of Dante Studies

Samuel Beckett’s “Dante postcards” record the first three smiles to be found in the Purgatorio. In doing so, Becket draws attention to a gesture that has recently received significant critical attention within Dante studies. These postcards suggest Beckett’s alertness to the complexity of face to face encounters within the Commedia, while also providing an opportunity to consider the extent to which facial expressions are significant within Beckett’s own writing. In this essay, I argue that the postcards can be read alongside Beckett’s early novels, in particular, Murphy (English 1938, French 1947) and Watt (English 1953, French ...


Materiality And Textuality: Editing And Rewriting The Lyric Dante In History, Laura Banella Dec 2019

Materiality And Textuality: Editing And Rewriting The Lyric Dante In History, Laura Banella

Bibliotheca Dantesca: Journal of Dante Studies

The paper presents the MaTeLDa project (Materiality and Textuality: Editing and Rewriting the Lyric Dante in History, Università degli Studi di Padova, 2018-2020), which offers an interdisciplinary study of how Dante was received and ‘canonized’ in late medieval and early modern Italy. MaTeLDa envisages the analysis of a selection of Dante’s texts in material contexts, and of specific instances of the circulation and reception of his lyric poetry, thereby laying the basis for a better understanding of medieval and early modern authoriality; the qualities of books as ‘textual objects;’ and the ways in which context, form, and annotation in ...


“La Guerra De La Pietate:” Dante’S Definition Of Moral Subject In The ‘Inferno’, Thomas Rendall Dec 2019

“La Guerra De La Pietate:” Dante’S Definition Of Moral Subject In The ‘Inferno’, Thomas Rendall

Bibliotheca Dantesca: Journal of Dante Studies

Although a pun on the word pietà has been widely recognized in Virgil’s rebuke to Dante for pitying the diviners and sorcerers in Inferno20, the possibility of a double meaning for the word in the poem’s statement of the subject in Canto 2 has generally been ignored. That a pun is present, however, is supported by the source for this passage in the meeting between the hero and his father in Book 6 of the Aeneid—a context in which the word’s Latin root meaning “filial piety” is clearly implied. By the Early Middle Ages “duty to ...


"Sonus Qui Non Est Vox:" Sound And Voice In The Body Politic, Alison Cornish Dec 2019

"Sonus Qui Non Est Vox:" Sound And Voice In The Body Politic, Alison Cornish

Bibliotheca Dantesca: Journal of Dante Studies

From the knocking on the gate after Macbeth’s murder of Duncan to the sound of Ugolino’s teeth on the skull of his enemy, the suicide’s violent excretion of words and blood, Calvino’s “king who listens,” the Sicilian bull and the heavenly talking eagle, this essay considers the difference between the sound made by a voice and sounds that are merely instrumental or artificial as a feature of the body politic indicative of tyranny or justice.