Dante’s Inferno: Influence, Adaptation, and Appropriation

Deadline: March 2, 2015
Dates: June 22-July 10 (3 weeks)

Project Directors:

Deborah Parker, University of Virginia
Mark Parker, James Madison University

Visiting Faculty:

Peter Hufnagel, Dean of Faculty, Miller School of Albemarle
Bruce Boucher, Director, Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia
Christian Dupont, Burns Librarian and Associate University Librarian, Boston College
Kristina Olson, Assistant Professor of Italian, George Mason University
Arielle Saiber, Associate Professor of Italian, Bowdoin College


Charlottesville, VA

For more information: (434) 924-4654

“Dante’s Inferno: Influence, Adaptation, and Appropriation” will offer high school teachers the opportunity to study Dante’s poem closely and to consider its cultural legacy. The seminar will do so through a close reading of the poem, followed by a consideration of literary and artistic works that draw inspiration from it, adapt it, or appropriate it. These investigations will be carried out in two directions: we will read re-workings of the poem not only to understand how they differ from the original but also how these changes prompt us to think about the Inferno in new ways.