Dante and the Performing Arts

Domenico di Michelino – La commedia illumina Firenze on the wall of Florence Cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore


Purpose of the trip: an in-depth on Dante in the Performing Arts including comics, music, theater and dance

Course title: Dante and the Performing Arts
Where: Turin, Verona, Padua and Florence
Appropriate for: students of Italian, continuing education learners
When: Spring or Summer Break 2016
Duration: 10 days
Course Structure:

  • Academic Overview: three Lectio Magistralis on the Figurative Art
  • Workshops: 2 workshops to choose from: 1)comics; 2)films; 3)pop-art & fiction; 4)Italian songs; 5)theater
  • Visits to Turin Library to see examples of codes and miniatures; meeting with Dante private collector and visit to his important collection
  • Field trips: visits to the following Italian cities: Verona, Padua and Florence

For further information on the full program, please email: patricia@turineducational.org

The Barque of Dante by Eugène Delacroix

The Barque of Dante by Eugène Delacroix

Course professors: Claudia Di Fonzo, associate professor of Law & Literature University of Trento

Claudia Di Fonzo is an associate professor of Law and Literature at the University of Trento.
She obtained her PhD in “Dante Philology” at the University of Firenze and later on at the Institute of Human Sciences of Palazzo Strozzi she obtained her PhD in “Studies of Ancient times, Middle Ages and Renaissance”. In 2008 she was Adjunct Professor of Italian at the Department of Italian at the University of New York in New York. She taught at the Ecole Normale Superieure of Lyons (2011) and at the University of L’Aquila (2011).
In 1998 she published the volume “La Materia e la forma della Divina Commedia. In 2008 she published L’ultima forma dell’«Ottimo commento». Chiose sopra la Commedia di Dante Alleghieri fiorentino tracte da diversi ghiosatori. Inferno, critical edition of the last form of the “Ottimo commento” attributable to an anonymous religious (Ravenna,Longo).
In 2012 for Edises her monography was published, with the title Dante tra diritto, teologia ed esegesi antica.
Her next volume analyzes a few relevant features of the Dante work and of the cultural context, aiming to reconstruct the connections between jurisdiction, theology and exegesis. According to the words of the author, “this work offers a rereading of Dante not only taking into account the new acquisitions but also attempting innovative paths of reading”. The Commedia, same as the Dante essays, are collectors of “wandering reasons” of medieval Europe, regenerated from the genius poetic power which Eliot considered the major among modern language poets.
She contributed to the realization of collective volumes published for Bulzoni, Il Mulino and Firenze University Press.
Her Dante Philology contributions have been published from 1997 up to today by various specialistic magazines: «Studi Danteschi» (Firenze), «L’Alighieri» (Ravenna), «Medioevo e Rinascimento» (Firenze), «Dante» (Roma), «Italian Studies» (Cambridge), «Forum Italicum» (New York), Tenzone (Madrid), «Studi Danteschi» (Budapest), «Temiminós Revista Científica».
Since 2001 she is the curator of the website Danteide www.danteide.net
In 2015 she wrote the recitatives for the realization of the Dante work “Alla ricerca di Dante” performed in Santa Croce in May 2015.

Gustave Doré's engravings illustrated the Divine Comedy (1861–1868)

Gustave Doré’s engravings illustrated the Divine Comedy (1861–1868)