This series aims to introduce the beauty, complexity and continuing significance of Dante’s ‘Divina Commedia’ through readings of the text, in the original and in translation, and through commentary on the text. The readings are accompanied by a rich visual display of medieval illuminations whilst the commentary explores and invites discussion of some of the leading ideas of the poem. The public readings take place weekly in the spring and summer terms at the Warburg Institute, in partnership with University College London and the Italian Cultural Institute in London, and are presented by Alessandro Scafi and John Took, and occasionally by Tabitha Tuckett. The readings will take place on Mondays from 6 - 7.30 pm.Attendance is free of charge and pre-registration is not required.
Please note: Dante Poet and Philosopher, a fortnightly series of readings, will take place at the Italian Cultural Institute on Tuesdays from November 2016 to June 2017, from 6.30 to 8 pm (11 sessions). The readings are free of charge and are designed to explore some of the main themes in Dante’s work and their continuing significance to us.
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On the Peak of Darkness:
from the Abyss to the Light
A series of weekly public readings
of the ‘Divina Commedia’
Spring and Summer Terms 2017
Organised and presented by
Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute) and John Took (UCL)
Spring Term 2017
Monday evenings from 6 to 7.30 pm
30 January 2017 - Introduction: Dante’s life and works; Dante’s universe.
6 February 2017 - Inferno, Canto I. The dark wood and wild animals. The appearance of Virgil.
13 February 2017 - Inferno, Canto V. The lustful. Paolo and Francesca.
27 February 2017 - Inferno, Canto XIII. The suicides. Pier della Vigna.
6 March 2017 - Inferno, Canto XXVI and XXVII. The evil counsellors.
Ulysses and Guido da Montefeltro.
13 March 2017 - Inferno, Canto XXXIII. Count Ugolino. Canto XXXIV.
Centre of Hell. Lucifer.
20 March 2017 - Purgatorio, Canto XVI.58-105; Canto XVII.91-105;
Canto XVIII.13-75. The moral structure of Purgatory; the nature of
love and its relation to free will.
27 March 2017 - Purgatorio, Canto I; Canto II.106-132. Dante
and Virgil emerge from the abyss of Hell on the shore of Mount
Purgatory. Cato. The ritual of purification. Casella.