Dante’s Divine Comedy

DanteBookIn 2000, the Italian section of Boston College Romance Languages and Literatures Department launched the ambitious “Lectura Dantis” series: public readings of Dante’s epic poem, Divine Comedy. Considered one of the world’s great works of literature, the 14th-century narrative poem is divided into three major sections: Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso, which trace the journey of Dante from the dark circles of Hell to the divine light of heavenly Paradise. BC’s popular canto-by-canto readings reached its conclusion this past semester with the final canto of Paradise. Organized by Associate Professor of Italian Laurie Shepard, “Lectura Dantis” featured nearly 100 presenters who offered critical commentary of the canto under consideration, then read it in the original Italian. Video sampling

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