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webinar > Dante’s American Afterlife: A Presentation by Guy P. Raffa



webinar > Dante’s American Afterlife: A Presentation by Guy P. Raffa


Presented in collaboration with our colleagues at the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco 


Dante’s American fame has grown unabated since his arrival in the 19th century. The poet’s presence has been felt in books, music, and classrooms, on canvases, pedestals, and stages, and, increasingly of late, on movie, television, and gaming screens. This Dantemania largely owes to how his Divine Comedy - Hell above all - holds a mirror to American life and culture. In it, the nation sees reflected some of its worst failings but also glimmers of beauty and hope. 

Presented as part of the 21st Annual Week of Italian Language in the World, this webinar by prof. Guy P. Raffa (University of Texas at Austin) looks at how the ethical authority and erotic charge of Dante’s poem have influenced and become part of the American popular imagination.


WHEN: October 19, 2021 at 4 PM ET
WHERE: Zoom Webinar

The 21st Annual Week of Italian Language in the World is organized
Under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic


Webinar - Registration Required



raffaGuy P. Raffa, Professor of Italian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, is the author of Dante’s Bones: How a Poet Invented Italy (Harvard 2020), The Complete Danteworlds: A Reader’s Guide to the Divine Comedy (Chicago 2009), and Divine Dialectic: Dante’s Incarnational Poetry (Toronto 2000). He received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies for Dante’s Bones, and a Public Scholars Fellowship from the NEH for his work on Dante’s American Afterlife.



Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Time: From 4:00 pm To 5:00 pm

Organized by : Embassy of Italy, IIC Washington

Entrance : Free