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Introducing Dante: world, life and works. presented by Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute) and John Took (UCL)



Introducing Dante: world, life and works. presented by Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute) and John Took (UCL)

First introductory session of Dante Poet and Philosopher, a fortnightly series of public readings of Dante’s Work

The aim of this course is to explore some of the leading ideas of Dante’s work and their continuing significance to us. The audience will be introduced to a wide range of texts and topics with a view to reconstructing the moral and intellectual world in which Dante lived. These topics will include Dante’s approach to love, philosophy, theology, language, literature, politics, mysticism, astrology, as well as his understanding of nature, grace and the afterlife, his sources and his relevance to contemporary existential concerns.

The course is held in partnership with the Warburg Institute and University College London. This event will be followed by ten more sessions in the Spring and Summer terms of 2017.

Alessandro Scafi is Lecturer in Medieval and Renaissance Cultural history at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, niversity of London. He is the author of Mapping aradise: A History of Heaven on Earth (London: British Library; Chicago: niversity of Chicago ress, 2006), winner of the 2006 American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence, and Maps of Paradise (London: British Library; Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013). He has published several essays and articles on the history of cartography and pilgrimage, Aby Warburg, the relationship between the Italian and Hungarian Renaissances and on Italian art and literature, in particular on Dante and Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini.

John Took is Professor of Dante Studies at University College London. Among his principal publications are volumes on Dante's general aesthetic and literary aesthetic, on the minor works, on Dante's theology and phenomenology, and on the Fiore (a cycle of sonnets based on the Roman de la rose and attributed by many scholars to Dante). He is at present at work on an intellectual biography of Dante for Princeton University Press and on a proposed volume on Dante for the 'intelligent enquirer' - a work setting out to explore Dante's continuing relevance to us as a poet and philosopher - for the Bloomsbury Press, with further work on Dante as a theologian on the horizon.

Free event, booking required HERE 


Data: Lun 28 Nov 2016

Orario: Alle 19:00

Organizzato da : ICI London

In collaborazione con : Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, Unive

Ingresso : Libero


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