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PUBLIC TALK: Dante, an iconoclast in his age, a model for our own

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Today's date is Wednesday, December 12, 2018
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A public lecture by Rodney Lokaj, Chair of Italian Philology, University of Enna “Kore”, Sicily.

The lecture will seek to promote understanding of Dante’s Comedy (ca.1307-1321) as an attempt at reconciliation. A poetic text largely conceived and written in exile, reconciliation was a theme as vital to Dante the man as it was to his entire world. Professor Lokaj will guide the audience through two areas in which Dante sought to achieve some degree of reconciliation – the role of women in society and the Western view of Islam. He will do so by looking at Inferno 5, the plight of Francesca, who moves the other-worldly pilgrim to tears and physical distress, and by looking at Paradiso 10, the case of Sigieri, and Paradiso 11, the canto dedicated to St Francis, where the poet attempts to reconcile the Christian and Islamic worlds via discourse, dancing and sheer reciprocal listening. In the case of Francesca, the adulteress, she is damned to Hell but is nevertheless also granted the possibility to spend eternity with her truly beloved. In the case of Sigieri, despite the West’s general condemnation and fear of Islam, Dante chooses to admit into Heaven a man who espoused and promoted the fruit of Islamic philosophical speculation. The lecture, therefore, will present the Comedy as an attempt to act as an iconoclastic model of how reconciliation between supposedly irreconcilable and irreducible positions can indeed be achieved, first of all in the afterlife sanctioned by God then, hopefully, also in the here and now.
Location Fox Lecture Theatre, UWA Arts Building
Contact Institute of Advanced Studies <ias@uwa.edu.au> : 6488 1340
URL http://www.ias.uwa.edu.au/lectures/lokaj
Start Wed, 24 Oct 2018 18:00
End Wed, 24 Oct 2018 19:00
Submitted by Audrey Barton <abarton@admin.uwa.edu.au>
Last Updated Fri, 05 Oct 2018 12:14
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