IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 933: 'Dante Now': Trends in Dante Studies 2016 - A Round Table Discussion

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:Leeds Centre for Dante Studies
Organiser:Rory D. Sellgren, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:James Robinson, Department of English Studies, Durham University

In 1978, George Steiner wrote ‘Dante Now: The Gossip of Eternity’ in which he predicted a decline in Dante Studies following the publication of Charles S. Singleton’s translation of the Divine Comedy and its accompanying three-volume commentary. In 1995, Theodore Cachey published a collection of essays entitled Dante Now: Current Trends in Dante Studies that demonstrated how Dante is still ‘central to ongoing debates in the humanities about the relationship between literature and philosophy, between literature and history, about allegory and/or representation, about the formation and function of the Western literary canon, about issues of gender, intertextuality, and translation’ (‘Introduction’, p. x). In 2016, this group of scholars will discuss Dante’s continued presence at the centre of the humanities, particularly in the relationship between literature and women’s voices and literature and reader engagement.

Participants include David Bowe (University of Oxford), Nicolò Crisafi (University of Oxford), Katherine Powlesland (University of Cambridge), Jennifer Rushworth (University of Oxford), and Rory D. Sellgren (University of Leeds).