Guy Raffa, Dante's Immortal Remains: From Florentine Martyr to Global Icon

Guy Raffa, University of Texas at Austin
Guy Raffa, University of Texas at Austin
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Dante Lecture
Friday, November 15, 2013

2 pm

Ruggles Hall

Guy Raffa, University of Texas at Austin

Grave robbing, hidden bones, empty tombs, exhumation, sacred dust—Dante’s Immortal Remains assembles these and other pieces of Dante’s lively skeletal history, from his burial in 1321 to a computer-generated reconstruction of his face in 2006. This lecture by Guy Raffa puts flesh on Dante’s bones by showing how the poet’s physical afterlife illuminates his evolution from Boccaccio’s object of regional rivalry between Florence and Ravenna into Mazzini’s prophet of Italy and Mussolini’s proponent of Italian nationalism before becoming the global icon inspiring such popular works as Dan Brown’s Inferno.

Learn more about our speaker: Guy Raffa, University of Texas at Austin

A reception will follow the lecture.

Cosponsored by the Devers Program in Dante Studies at the University of Notre Dame and the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago.

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This program is free and open to the public.