On the Peak of Darkness: From the Abyss to the Light, with Dante

A one-day Dante workshop on 17 May 2014 jointly organized and presented by
Alessandro Scafi (Warburg), John Took (UCL) and Tabitha Tuckett (UCL)
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A one-day journey through the text of Dante's Divine Comedy. A first session in the morning on Dante's general cosmology through the three realms of the afterlife, on Dante's life and work and on the overall shape of the printed tradition, with the opportunity to view rare and early editions from the Dante Collection of UCL Library Special Collections. Then, in the afternoon, three more sessions devoted to the Inferno, the Purgatorio and the Paradiso, with a visual, linguistic and iconographic account of each canticle in turn and a discussion of the ideas governing each canticle. Readings will be in Italian and English.

Registration and payment: The standard price for the workshop is £25 (£12.50 concessionary rate for full-time students/retired) which includes lunch and refreshments. To register and pay online, please scroll down the page for details.

Attendance is free of charge for Warburg and UCL staff and students. To register please email: warburg(at)sas.ac.uk giving your name and your department (if you are a UCL member).



10.00 Registration

10.15 Introduction

10.30 Cosmology (Alessandro Scafi)

11.00 Dante’s life and work (John Took)

11.30 Coffee (Common Room)

12.00 The shape of the printed tradition (Tabitha Tuckett)

Display of early printed books (Classrooom 1)

13.00 Lunch (Common Room)

14.00 Hell

15.10 Purgatory

16.20 Tea (Common Room)

16.50 Heaven

18.00 Close

Generously supported by the Italian Cultural Institute and UCL