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Dante Voyager Part 1: Seafaring in the Divine Comedy

Dante Voyager Part 1: Seafaring in the Divine Comedy
100 St. Joseph Street, Carr Hall room 406
Time: Jan 26th, 4:00 pm End: Jan 26th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Religion, Study of (FAS), Medieval Studies (FAS), Italian Studies (FAS), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), Comparative Literature (FAS), Book History/Print Culture, 1200-1500
Goggio Chair in Italian Studies Lecture by Mary Watt, University of Florida

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

Mary Watt, University of Florida

Dante Voyager:  Part 1: Seafaring in the Divine Comedy

Monday, January 26, 2015
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Carr Hall 406
100 St. Joseph Street
University of Toronto

A reception to follow. Everyone is welcome and admission is free. Please RSVP at italian.studies@utoronto.ca

At its most fundamental the Divine Comedy is the story of a journey into the unknown.  Not surprisingly then, the poem is punctuated throughout with imagery that evokes the challenges of navigating on the open seas and the many perils that awaited the medieval sailor.  As Dante’s pilgrim meets these challenges and confronts these dangers, we are reminded of the epic and chivalric traditions that inform the work, but we can also discern a burning desire for exploration that anticipates the coming age of discovery.

Mary Watt is an Associate Professor of Italian at the University of Florida.  She received her Ph.D. in Italian Studies from the University of Toronto in 1998 and is the author of The Cross that Dante Bears. Dr. Watt has given invited lectures throughout the US, Canada and Europe.  Her current book project examines how Christopher Columbus relied on the cosmology of the Divine Comedy and the figure of Dante to legitimize his role in the age of discovery.

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