Dante's Inferno: Instructions for use

Presented by Theodore Cachey
According to an eminent critic, "Understanding in the Inferno is a process that might be characterized as hyperbolic doubt systemically applied to the values of contemporary society." This explains the revival of interest in Dante's poetry in these days. In this seminar, we will read the poem in the Hollander translation, focusing on major episodes in the light of recent scholarship and in relation to current debates in humanities. The seminar will include an up-to-date overview of Dante's life and works and will introduce participants to the rare books and illustrated volumes of the John A. Zahm, C.S.C., Dante Collection in Notre Dame's Hesburgh Library.

About Theodore Cachey
Theodore J. Cachey, Jr. is a Professor of Italian and the Albert J. and Helen M. Ravarino Family Director of Italian and Dante Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He earned his B.A. from Northwestern University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.