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Reading Dante at the IIC



Reading Dante at the IIC

The Italian Institute of Culture is delighted to announce the 2018 Spring season of the series “Reading Dante at the IIC”.

Several times throughout the Commedia Dante addresses the lettore with the belief that he will be read by the futura gente – ourselves, and this we shall continue to do with Prof. Corinna Salvadori Lonergan and Prof. Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin. We shall conclude our readings of the Inferno, with more drama and poetry, and after emerging from hell and seeing le stelle, we shall enjoy the first half of Purgatorio. The remaining part and 10 readings of Paradiso will follow. It was not intended, but the total number of readings will be 33, very Dantean.


The encounters will take place in the Pavilion at the Italian Institute of Culture on Tuesdays at 6.30pm, ending about 8.00. The explanation will be in English and the reading of the text in Italian. We look forward to welcoming all who want to enjoy the wonder of the Commedia, readers old and new, without worries about knowledge of the language. Dante will improve it.



Calendar of readings

Spring 2018

January 16th - Inferno: The Violent: Piero, a Florentine, Capaneo (XII-XIV)

January 30th - Inferno: Brunetto, worthy Florentines, journey by air (XV-XVIII)

February 6th - Inferno: Fraud in Church and State, black comedy (XIX-XXII)

February 13th - Inferno: More fraud: Vanni Fucci, Ulisse (XXIII-XXVI)

February 20th - Inferno: Guido da Montefeltro, Maestro Adamo (XXVII-XXXI)

March 6th - Inferno: Traitors: Bocca, Ugolino, Frate Alberigo (XXXII-XXXIV)


March 13th - Purgatorio: Arrivals on the shore of Purgatory, Casella, Manfredi (I-III)

March 20th - Purgatorio: A tough climb, Belacqua, Buonconte, Pia, Sordello (IV-VI)

March 27th - Purgatorio: Negligent rulers, Nino Visconti, Gate of Purgatory proper (VII-IX)

April 10th - Purgatorio: The Proud: Oderisi, the Humble, Angel of Humility (X-XII)

April 24th - Purgatorio: The Envious: Sapia, Corruption in Tuscany, Meekness (XIII-XV)


Date: Da Tuesday, January 16, 2018 a Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Time: From 6:30 pm To 8:00 pm

Admission : Free