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Dante's Divine Comedy for Great Britain

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Dante's Divine Comedy for Great Britain

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Oct 17 2022 19:00 - 21:00


Monday 17 October, 7pm

A lecture/performance on Dante's masterpiece by Franco Ricordi

Franco Ricordi will start by illustrating his philosophical interpretation of Dante's Comedy, he will then analyze parts of some of the Cantos. In the second part of the lecture/performance he will recite extracts of the Comedy by heart, in order to express the theatricality of the text which, in an analogy with the great Poems of the Antiquity from Homer to Virgil, is an "oral" text above all. In this context Franco Ricordi will underline the difference between "Dante the Author" and "Dante the Character": the latter, essential for the comprehension of The Paradise in particular, is in fact a dramatis persona, in a constant dialogue, only identified with the Author himself at the end of the Comedy. The lecture will also highlight the analogies with William Shakespeare, where "Dante the Character" seems similar and at the same time antithetical to Hamlet, often described by Shakespeare as his alter-ego. These analogies between the two greatest poets of what Harold Bloom describes as the "Western Canon" have also been observed by Thomas Carlyle and Thomas S. Eliot.


Italian Cultural Institute London


Italian Cultural Institute, 39 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8NX London


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