Project Paradiso: A Gateway to Dante’s Heaven – Episode Thirteen – Early Receptions
April 19, 2024 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am | Virtual Event
Dante’s Paradiso is the least studied and the least understood of the three parts of the Commedia. Yet it is arguably the most important for the dynamism and originality of the literary, theological, and philosophical inquiries that take place there. It is also a singularly important interpretive guide for a full understanding of the entire Commedia. It is a poem that asks to be tackled by a community of engaged readers: here it’s your opportunity! This year-long series of webinar workshops led by world-renowned scholars will take you on a deep reading of the Paradiso and an unforgettable journey to the heart of Dante’s universe. This virtual series will reward both first-time and expert readers of the Commedia with an opportunity to delve deep into one of the most complex and daring speculative poems ever written. We’ll be meeting online almost every other week from October to May. See the Project Paradiso page for full schedule.
Simon Gilson is Agnelli-Serena Professor of Italian and Fellow of Magdalen College, University of Oxford. He has published widely on Dante’s reception in fourteenth-, fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italy. His publications include: Dante and Renaissance Florence (CUP 2005) and Reading Dante in Renaissance Italy: Florence, Venice and the ‘Divine Poet’ (CUP 2018).
Presented by the Humanities Institute and the Department of Literature Italian Studies. Sponsored by the University of California Humanities Research Institute, Siegfried and Elizabeth Mignon Puknat Literary Studies Endowment, and Porter College