This is just a quick reminder that our next event will take place at the University of Warwick on Friday, 1 February, in the usual 2-5pm slot. There will be presentations from Fabio Camilletti (Wawrick), Kenneth Clarke (York), and Nicolò Maldina (Edinburgh). Further details will be available shortly, so keep an eye out and we’ll look forward to seeing you then.
See below for details of the next event in our series. Stay tuned for more details.
Re-reading Dante’s Vita Nova, XXV-XXVII
Monday 10 September, 2018, 2-5pm
University of Reading
2.00-2.15pm: Welcome and introduction
2.15-3.15pm: Presentations on Vita Nova XXV-XXVII
Rebecca Bowen (Oxford): ‘Amore: figura o colore rettorico?’
Paola Nasti (Reading): ‘Dante fra poeti e fantasmi’
Michael Biasin (Reading): ‘L’immagine di Beatrice: il valore estetico della gentilissima’
3.15-4.00pm: Break and refreshment
When the Toronto Globe & Mail announced that in future only medical doctors would be accorded the title ‘Dr’, it probably wasn’t expecting this news to cause much of a stir. But then a historian with a Ph.D objected:
This tweet provoked an avalanche of criticism–directed not to the Globe & Mail‘s new style-rule, but to the arrogance and conceit of Fern Riddell. And as she later told the BBC, she couldn’t help noticing that her critics were mostly men. A lot of men seemed to be outraged by a woman claiming the status of an expert and expecting others to acknowledge her as such. ‘Humility Dr Riddell’, tweeted one. ‘There’s no Ph.D for that’.
But why should women humble themselves when other people are there to do it for them? As I explained in an earlier post, the treatment of women in professional and public settings…
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This is just a note to say that my article on the Compiuta Donzella is now out in hard copy and there are still some e-prints available through this link, so help yourselves!!
Please join us for our next meeting, 2-5pm on 27 April, 2018, where we will be discussing chapters 19-24 at the University of Bristol.
The event will be in the Verdon-Smith Room, Institute of Advanced Studies, Royal Fort House, University of Bristol, BS8 1UH.
Keep and eye on the blog and #VitanovaUK for further updates and details!
Rebecca Bowen and I have curated an exhibition to celebrate Somerville’s long history of study and teaching of the poetry Dante Alighieri.
The exhibition is made up of items from the library’s special collections, including a 16th-century edition of the Divine Comedy, complete with commentaries a lovely woodcut illustrations, a first edition of Gustave Doré’s 19th-centrury illustrations for Dante’s Inferno, and Mary Somerville’s own copy of the Divine Comedy.
Current graduate and undergraduate students – Anna Branford, Katie Bastiman, Sofia Derer, Aleksandra Rutkowska, and Joanna Raisbeck – have researched and written a lot of the information included in the exhibition. We are also very grateful to Anne Manuel, Sue Purver, and Matthew Roper for their help and advice, without which this exhibtion wouldn’t have been possible.
The exhibition is Library Loggia, and you can ask at the porters’ lodge for directions and access.
You’re very welcome to join us for the third afternoon of presentations and discussions of Dante’s Vita nova, hosted at the Taylor Institution by the University of Oxford on Friday, 2 February. You can also follow the discussion via #VitanovaUK on twitter and through this blog, which will be updated with reports from the day.
The full programme is here: