#VitanovaUK event in Cambridge this Friday!

Re-reading Dante's Vita nova

This is your reminder that we’ll be meeting again in Cambridge this Friday. Looking forward to welcoming you there!

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Next #VitanovaUK event: Monday 10 September, University of Reading

Re-reading Dante's Vita nova

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

 

Programme:

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

4.00-5.00pm: Discussion

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Immodesty becomes her?

language: a feminist guide

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:

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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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Dante and Somerville, an exhibtion – 1-7 February

Rebecca Bowen and I have curated an exhibition to celebrate Somerville’s long history of study and teaching of the poetry Dante Alighieri.

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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.

Reminder: #VitanovaUK comes to Oxford, 2 February, 2-5pm

Re-reading Dante's Vita nova

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:

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#VitanovaUK Chapters 13-18, Oxford, 2 February 2-5pm

Take a look at the next event in the series, hosted in Oxford.

Re-reading Dante's Vita nova

We’re looking forward to the next event in the series, to be held in the Taylor Institution Library (Room 2), at 2-5pm on Friday, 2 February.

The day will begin with a welcome at 2pm and presentations will begin at 2.15pm. There will be a coffee break at 3.45pm, followed by a session for general discussion.

We’ll be confirming the remaining details shortly and we look forward to seeing you there!

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