DANTE's Plurilingualism

Elements of the Symposium:

Symposium Giorgio Pressburger Performance
Conference ICI Berlin

Dante's Plurilingualism

Authority, Vulgarization, Subjectivity

Apr 2009

Already in 1929 Erich Auerbach highlighted the innovative character of Dante's oeuvre which, in contrast with its traditional interpretation as the culmination and summa of a medieval Weltanschauung, he associated with a modern representation of the human being in its individuality and historical reality. This conference gathered scholars from different disciplines (literary studies, history, linguistics, philosophy, queer theory, theatre) to discuss the role that language plays for Dante. In particular, the question with which this conference engaged is to what extent Dante’s linguistic theory and praxis, which can be understood in terms of a strenuous defense of the vernacular language, in tension with the prestige of Latin, both informs and reflects a new constellation of  authority, knowledge and identity, which is imbued with a significant element of subjectivity and opens up towards modernity. The conference also included a dialogue with Giorgio Pressburger on his recent Nel regno oscuro and a performance based on Dante and Pasolini.

Organizers: Sara Fortuna, Manuele Gragnolati, Jürgen Trabant

Participants: Albert Russell Ascoli (Berkeley), Zygmunt Baranski (Cambridge), Emma Bond (Oxford), Gary Cestaro (Chicago), Sara Fortuna (Berlin), Stefano Gensini (Roma), Carlo Ginzburg (Pisa), Manuele Gragnolati (Oxford, Berlin), Agnese Grieco (Berlin), Ruedi Imbach (Paris), Giulio Lepschy (Cambridge), Laura Lepschy (London, Cambridge), Bettina Lindorfer (Berlin), Elena Lombardi (Bristol), Franco Lo Piparo (Palermo), Lino Pertile (Harvard), Giorgio Pressburger (Trieste), Irène Rosier-Catach (Paris), Francesca Southerden (Oxford), Mirko Tavoni (Pisa), Jürgen Trabant (Berlin, Bremen).

For the full programme and further information please see dante.ici-berlin.org.


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