Prof Zyg Baranzki (Notre Dame University US and University of Cambridge, UK) is Visiting Scholar at the Italian Studies program at Monash

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Prof Zyg Baranski (Professor of Dante and Italian Studies Notre Dame University US, and Emeritus Serena Professor of Italian, University of Cambridge, UK), a world’s leading expert on Dante, medieval literature and poetics, and expert on modern literature and film, is Visiting Scholar at the Monash Italian Studies program. During his visit he will give three lectures. Everybody invited!

 

“Transforming Propaganda: Roberto Rossellini’s Un pilota ritorna“, Thursday October 9, 6.30pm, Italian Institute of Culture (233 Domain Rd, South Yarra). This public lecture is part of the RISM seminar series organized by Monash Italian Studies in collaboration with the Italian Institute of Culture.

This seminar examines the ways in which Rossellini’s 1942 film undercuts its apparent propagandist aims by drawing on a wide range of cinematic genres and by introducing marked shifts and contrasts in its structure. Indeed, rather than serve fascist war aims, Un pilota ritorna calls into question various aspects of fascist policy, granting primacy to ethics over politics, and recognizing the importance of pluralism.

 

“Language as sin and salvation in Dante: Inferno XVIII”, in collaboration with the Med-Renaissance Seminar Series, Friday October 10, 11am, Clayton Campus room E561

On account of its sexual overtones and scatological references, Inferno XVIII has caused considerable embarrassment to Dante scholars, who have tended to offer partial and reductive readings of the canto. The present lecture aims to establish Inferno XVIII’s key role in the structure of the Commedia, not only as regards its function as ‘prologue’ to one of the most original sections of Dante’s afterlife, the richly stratified circle of fraud Malebolge, but also as the canto in which the poet addresses two of the major controversial questions relating to the form of his great poem, namely, its status as ‘comedy’ and its linguistic eclecticism.

 

“La formazione intellettuale di Dante”, Thursday October 16, 6.30pm, Italian Institute of Culture (233 Domain Rd, South Yarra). This seminar is conducted in Italian and is open to students and academics of all the Universities of Melbourne and to the general public.

Dante, dove ha imparato e letto le cose che sapeva? A prima vista la domanda può sembrare banale, persino ‘inutile’. Eppure, è la domanda che, negli ultimi anni, i dantisti si sono posti con sempre maggior insistenza. La lezione prende in considerazione questioni come l’educazione di Dante, la situazione culturale di Firenze alla fine del Duecento, i rapporti di Dante con Bologna, gli effetti dell’esilio e le simpatie ideologiche del poeta.

 

Prof Zyg Baranski (Professor of Dante and Italian Studies, Notre Dame University US, and Emeritus Serena Professor of Italian, University of Cambridge) is a world’s leading scholar on Dante, medieval Italian literature and poetics, as well as expert on modern Italian literature and film. He has published very extensively. Among his publications:

Petrarch and Dante. Anti-Dantism, Metaphysics, Tradition (Co-editor Theodore Cachey, 2009); “Chiosar con altro testo“. Leggere Dante nel Trecento” ( 2001); Dante e i segni. Saggi per una storia intellettuale di Dante (2000); Cambridge Companion to Modern Italian Culture (Co-editor Rebecca West, 2001); Pasolini Old and New. Surveys and Studies (1999); “Sole nuovo, luce nuova”. Saggi sul rinnovamento culturale in Dante (1996)

For any questions regarding Prof Baranski’s visit, please contact Dr Patrizia Sambuco (patrizia.sambuco@monash.edu)