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Medieval History

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Dante

2020

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'Purgatorio' 2019: A Response To The Work Of Marco Martinelli And Ermanna Montanari, Heather Webb Dec 2020

'Purgatorio' 2019: A Response To The Work Of Marco Martinelli And Ermanna Montanari, Heather Webb

Bibliotheca Dantesca: Journal of Dante Studies

This brief report discusses Marco Martinelli and Ermanna Montanari’s Purgatorio 2019 at Ravenna’s Teatro delle Albe. The report sets out three aspects of the political remediation of Dante’s Purgatorio that the Teatro delle Albe has offered: first, a plurilingual, pluricultural vision of Italy; second, an emphasis on denouncing domestic violence; and third, an environmentalist impulse that reads the tropes of care and cultivation in Dante’s canticle in the light of the notable engagement of today’s youth to protest our current state of environment crisis.


Teaching Dante's 'Divine Comedy' In 21st-Century America: A Conversation With Kristina Marie Olson, Kristina Marie Olson, Mario Sassi Dec 2020

Teaching Dante's 'Divine Comedy' In 21st-Century America: A Conversation With Kristina Marie Olson, Kristina Marie Olson, Mario Sassi

Bibliotheca Dantesca: Journal of Dante Studies

Kristina Marie Olson is Associate Professor of Italian at George Mason University in Virginia. She is a member of the editorial board of Bibliotheca Dantesca and the President of the American Boccaccio Association. Together with Christopher Kleinhenz, she edited the volume Approaches to Teaching Dante’s Divine Comedy, which follows a first edition in 1982, edited by Carole Slade.


The Cessation Of Music In The 'Paradiso', William Mahrt Dec 2020

The Cessation Of Music In The 'Paradiso', William Mahrt

Bibliotheca Dantesca: Journal of Dante Studies

This article explores Dante’s narrative use of music in the Paradiso as it leads to his ultimate vision of God. Unlike the Inferno and Purgatorio, the Paradiso seems to be suffused with continuous music, one that is inherent in the unending motions of the heavens. In the Paradiso, however, there is also much mention of the absence of sound. There are at least fifteen instances that describe a person or a group suddenly falling into silence, either as a natural conclusion of a speech, or unexpectedly as a momentary interruption of music. This article contends that the purpose of ...


"Centro Del Cammin:" Centers And Centrality In The 'Commedia', J.C. Wiles Dec 2020

"Centro Del Cammin:" Centers And Centrality In The 'Commedia', J.C. Wiles

Bibliotheca Dantesca: Journal of Dante Studies

The thematization of centrality in Dante’s Commedia is evident even in its opening lines. Despite the evident richness of the theme throughout the poem, however, criticism has overwhelmingly preferred to discuss centrality in the Commedia in terms of numbers. This has led to a general critical concern less with centrality than with what one might call “middleness,” which has precluded any serious discussion of the two distinct concepts. In the Commedia, the state of middleness carries with it the double meaning of mezzo as both a middle and a tangible medium through which action takes place, while centro carries ...


Dante's Political Life, Guy P. Raffa Dec 2020

Dante's Political Life, Guy P. Raffa

Bibliotheca Dantesca: Journal of Dante Studies

The approach of the seven-hundredth anniversary of Dante's death is a propitious time to recall the events that drove him from his native Florence and marked his life in various Italian cities before he found his final refuge in Ravenna, where he died and was buried in 1321. Drawing on early chronicles and biographies, modern historical research and biographical criticism, and the poet's own writings, I construct this narrative of “Dante's Political Life” for the milestone commemoration of his death. The poet’s politically-motivated exile, this biographical essay shows, was destined to become one of the world ...