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Inferno Revealed: From Dante to Dan Brown

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Inferno Revealed

Meet the Author: Deborah Parker and Mark Parker
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

6 pm

Ruggles Hall

Free and open to the public; no registration required.
Open to the Public
Meet the Author

Using Dan Brown’s book as a jumping off point, Inferno Revealed will offer readers of Brown’s Inferno an engaging introduction to Dante and his world. Inferno Revealed explores how Dante made himself the protagonist of The Divine Comedy, something no other epic poet has done, the ramifications of which have not yet been fully explored. The mysteries and puzzles that arise from Dante’s choice to personalize the epic, along with his affinity for his local surroundings and how that affects his depiction of the places, the Church, and politics in the poem are considered–along with what this reveals about Brown’s own use of the work.

The authors analyze how Dan Brown has repurposed Inferno in his newest book–noting what he gets right and what errors are made when he does not. Of course, Brown is not the first author to base his work on Dante. The Comedy has elicited many adaptations from major canonical writers such as Milton and Keats to popular adaptations like David Fincher’s Se7en and Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice–all of which are discussed in detail in Inferno Revealed.

Deborah Parker is Professor of Italian and Chair of the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese at the University of Virginia. She has published a monograph and several articles on Dante, and she is the General Editor of The World of Dante (, an interactive site created for the study and teaching of Dante’s Comedy.

Mark Parker is Professor and Chair of the Department of English at James Madison University. He has published essays on Dante and on Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose. He has written two books on literary magazines in nineteenth-century Britain, and he has co-authored a book on film in the DVD era.

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Free and open to the public; no registration required.