Conference at Wellesley College Celebrates the Poet Dante
September 15, 2005
Vivo,” an international conference, will be held Saturday,
Sept. 24, at Wellesley College, featuring distinguished international
scholars and teachers sharing their passion for Italy’s most
famous poet. The conference is free and open to the public.
Born in Florence,
Italy, in 1265, Dante Alighieri is best known for the monumental
poem La commedia, later named La divina
commedia (the Divine Comedy). A great work of medieval literature,
it is a profound Christian vision of man’s temporal and eternal
destiny. Dante was also a prose writer, literary theorist, moral
philosopher and political thinker.
conference is called “Dante Vivo” (Dante
Alive) to suggest the vibrancy of the contemporary readings of
Dante’s extraordinary poem.
"Dante’s Comedy, written in the 14th century, continues
to fascinate readers and challenge its interpreters,” said
conference organizer Rachel Jacoff, Wellesley professor of Italian
studies. “This will be a rare opportunity to see some of
the most interesting of those interpreters in action.”
The speakers hail from both Italian and American universities,
including Piero Boitani (La Sapienza, Rome), Linda Bolzoni (Scuola
Normale, Pisa), John Freccero (New York University), Robert Harrison
(Stanford University), Peter Hawkins (Boston University), John
Kleiner (Williams College), Giuseppe Mazzotta (Yale University),
Lino Pertile (Harvard University) and Susan Stewart (Princeton
The conference will be held in Jewett Arts Center auditorium beginning
at 9:15 am. It will conclude with a reception at 4:30 pm.
For more information, go to the conference Web site at www.wellesley.edu/Italian/DanteVivo or call 781-283-2616.