IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 321: Perceptions of Florence, II: Florentinus et exul inmeritus - Dante on Florence and Florence on Dante

Monday 9 July 2007, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Department of Italian, University of Leeds
Organiser:Claire E. Honess, School of Languages, Cultures & Societies - Italian, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Matthew Treherne, School of Languages, Cultures & Societies - Italian / Leeds Centre for Dante Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 321-aFlorence and Faction in Dante's Lyric Poetry: Framing the Experience of Exile
(Language: English)
Catherine Keen, Department of Italian, University College London
Index terms: Language and Literature - Italian, Political Thought
Paper 321-b'Hec est vipera versa in viscera genitricis': Dante's Anti-Florentine Rhetoric in his Latin Works
(Language: English)
Claire E. Honess, School of Languages, Cultures & Societies - Italian, University of Leeds
Index terms: Language and Literature - Italian, Language and Literature - Latin, Political Thought
Paper 321-cFlorence and Florentines in Dante's Commentators, 1324-1481
(Language: English)
Simon Gilson, Department of Italian, University of Warwick
Index terms: Language and Literature - Italian, Political Thought
Abstract

This session will attempt to give a sense of the complex relationship which existed between the city of Florence and its great exiled poet, both in Dante’s own lifetime and up to the end of the 15th century. Catherine Keen will discuss Dante’s expression of his desire for Florentine reconciliation in two lyric poems of exile, while Claire Honess will focus on the very vituperative attacks on Florence found in Dante’s Latin works. Simon Gilson will focus on the commentary tradition of the Tre- and Quattrocento, and will examine the treatment of Dante’s anti-Florentine invectives in commentaries on the Commedia.