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Medieval Academy of America (Cambridge, MA 02138)
Christopher Kleinhenz (Project Director: March 2008 to June 2011)

Seminars for Higher Education Faculty
Education Programs

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$153,051 (approved)
$153,051 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2008 – 9/30/2009

Dante's Divine Comedy and the Medieval World: Literature, History, Art

A four-week seminar for fifteen college and university faculty to travel to Prato, Italy, and study Dante's Divine Comedy through close reading, research, and site visits.

The four-week Seminar, which will take place at the Monash University Center in Prato (Italy), focuses on Dante's Divine Comedy from an interdisciplinary perspective and contextualizes it within the medieval literary, historical, and artistic traditions. Four full-day excursions to relevant sites of Dantean interest (Florence, Siena-San Gimignano, Lucca-Pisa, and Ravenna) will complement the seminar discussions. The remarkable literary, historical and artistic resources in the area will enrich the intellectual experience of the participants and enhance their research capacity and pedagogical effectiveness. The seminar topic should be attractive to teachers wishing to 1) incorporate Dante in their courses and research and/or 2) gain greater knowledge of Dante's Comedy as a way of shaping and enriching their own teaching and research. Seminar results will be disseminated through conference presentations (e.g., the Medieval Congress at Western Michigan U.) and published scholarship.