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Wed, June 12, 2024

18:00 – 19:30

LIMONAIA
Villa La Pietra
Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Florence, Italy

Book presentation by author and NYU Professor Alison Cornish, in conversation with NYU Florence Lecturer Federica Anichini.

With Believing in Dante, Alison Cornish re-examines the infernal and celestial dramas of Dante’s masterpiece that alienate and perplex modern readers, offering an invigorating view of the whole Divine Comedy, bringing it to meaningful life today.

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Alison Cornish

PROFESSOR OF ITALIAN STUDIES, NEW YORK UNIVERISTY, AND PRESIDENT OF THE DANTE SOCIETY OF AMERICA

Alison Cornish is Professor of Italian Studies at New York University and President of the Dante Society of America.  She is the author of Reading Dante’s Stars (Yale, 2000), Vernacular Translation in Dante’s Italy: Illiterate Literature (Cambridge, 2011) a commentary on Dante’s Paradiso, translated by Stanley Lombardo (Hackett, 2017), and Believing in Dante: Truth in Fiction (Cambridge, 2022) winner of the 2023 Bridge Book Award, as well as a number of essays on Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio. During the seventh centenary of the poet’s death, she organized a crowd-sourced series of video conversations between members of the Dante Society of America, entitled “Canto per Canto: Conversations with Dante in Our Time.” She is currently teaching a CORE course at NYU Florence entitled, “Sex and the City.”

Federica Anichini

LECTURER NYU FLORENCE

Federica Anichini is a lecturer at NYU Florence. She is the author of the book Voices of the Body. Liminal Grammar in Guido Cavalcanti ‘Rime’ (Meindenbauer, 2009) and has published essays on medieval culture and literature, including “Empty Womb and Full Bellies in Decameron 9.3,” in The Decameron: Ninth Day in Perspective. Volume Nine of the Lectura Boccaccii, (Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2022); In Dialogue with the Imageless Vision: Constructing Language in Paradiso III, in Dante and Heterodoxy (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2014); Inferno IX: Passing within City Walls and beneath the ‘velame de li versi strani’, (Mediaevalia 33 (2012) ). At NYU Florence she teaches the core course Culture and Context, the first-year seminar Global Works and Society: Antiquity, and the course she designed: Exploring the Landscape of Dante’s Divine Comedy.