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Dante in Contemporary Perspectives
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Sponsored by the Italian Specialization and the Department of Comparative Literature, the Doctoral Students’ Council, the Renaissance Studies Certificate Program, the Medieval Studies Certificate Program, the Romance Languages Department (Hunter College), the World Languages Department (College of Staten Island), the Department of European Languages and Literatures (Queens College), the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (City College of New York), the Department of Italian Studies

When: 24 October 2014
Where: The Graduate Center, CUNY
Segal Theater

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REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST: Room 4202, French Program Lounge



Session 1: Twentieth-Century Readers of Dante


Martin Elsky, Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, CUNY

History Become Memory: the Dante Sexcentenary and World War I in the German Press


Maria Liuisa Ardizzone, NYU

Ezra Pound and Maria Corti as Readers of Dante and His Readers: An Attempt to Trace a Pound-Corti Line


Paola Ureni, College of Staten Island and The Graduate Center, CUNY

Medicine and 20th Century Dante Criticism



COFFEE BREAK: Room 4202, French Program Lounge



Session 2: Translating Dante: Words and Images



Kristina M. Olson, George Mason University

Dante’s Urban American Vernacular: Sandow Birk’s Comedy


Julie Van Peteghem, Hunter College, CUNY

Translation, Adaptation, Repetition: Inferno 1 in Words, Images, and Sound


Peter S. Hawkins, Yale Divinity School

Sandow Birk’s Dante: The Vernacular and Beyond



LUNCH BREAK: Room 4202, French Program Lounge



Session3: Dante high and low


Deborah Parker, University of Virginia

Dan Brown’s Dante


Mark Parker, James Madison University

Adaptations and Repurposings of Dante in Popular Culture


Arielle Saiber, Bowdoin College

The Sightings of Dante Today



Martino Marrazzi, University of Milan and Cosetta Gaudenzi, University of Memphis


RECEPTION: Room 4202, French Program Lounge

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