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Dan Brown's Dante

Dan Brown's Dante
100 St. Joseph Street, Carr Hall room 103
Time: Nov 28th, 4:00 pm End: Nov 28th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Medieval Studies (FAS), Language Studies (UTM), Italian Studies (FAS), Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), Book History/Print Culture, 2000-, 1200-1500
Lecture by Deborah Parker, University of Virginia

Prof. Salvatore Bancheri, the Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies, cordially invites you to a public lecture by

Deborah Parker, University of Virginia

Dan Brown's Dante

Please RSVP here: italian.studies@utoronto.ca.

This talk will focus on Dan Brown's adaptation of Dante in his best selling thriller, Inferno.  After discussing some recent contemporary adaptations, it will turn to the ways in which Brown's use of Dante differs from other reworkings.  There are about 50 references to Dante's work and life in Brown's novel and these tend to focus on three subjects--the neutrals, Malebolge, and Virgil and Dante's climb down Satan's body in Inferno-34.  Bertrand Zobrist, a Swiss biochemist and Brown's apparent antagonist exploits these episodes to string a series of clues that Brown’s hero, Harvard professor of art history and symbology, Robert Langdon, deciphers in his attempts to find a deadly virus that Zobrist has created.   The talk will explore Zobrist's use of Dante in creating a persona as well as Brown's presentation of Zobrist, which has an unusual complexity for a book conceived for a mass audience.

Deborah Parker is Professor of Italian in the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese at the University of Virginia.  She is the general editor of The World of Dante (www.worldofdante.org) and author of Commentary and Ideology: Dante in the Renaissance (Duke UP, 1993), Bronzino: Renaissance Painter as Poet (Cambridge UP, 2000), Michelangelo and the Art of Letter Writing (Cambridge UP, 2010). She is also the co-author of The DVD and the Study of Film: The Attainable Text (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and Inferno Revealed: From Dante to Dan Brown (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013).

A reception will follow.  Everyone is welcome, and the event is free.  For further information, please contact the Department of Italian Studies at (416) 926-2345.

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