Dante and Shakespeare: Cosmology, Politics and Poetics
University of Poitiers, France, 4-6 April 2019
Deadline for proposals: 30 June 2018
Venue: Centre d’Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (UMR 7302) – France
Co-organisation: Isabelle Battesti (CERLIM, Sorbonne Nouvelle) et Pascale Drouet (CESCM, Poitiers)
Dante is probably to Italian literature what Shakespeare is to British literature. Both are, because of the depth and density of their respective works, monuments of European literature who transcend national boundaries. As T.S. Eliot put it in 1929: “Dante and Shakespeare divide the modern world between them; there is no third.” This claim may be questioned, of course, but both authors did bring literature and the spirit of their time to a peak. It may be wondered whether Dante’s writings influenced Shakespeare and his contemporaries. However, this conference particularly aims at bringing together, beyond chronological considerations, the reflection and the aesthetics at work in their respective creations, by comparing them from thematic perspectives.
Their writings are still powerful today, including in the collective imagination, probably because everything, or nearly so, was treated in them: a theory of the cosmos and knowledge; a representation of social organization and power; a poetics and a narrative art. This conference thus invites a comparative approach of both writers’ works according to three main lines: cosmology (a meditation on the divine and on the natural order); politics (a reflection upon human society and political constitution); and poetics (a reflection upon the art of writing)
— Dante, Shakespeare and cosmology
- Representing the universe (meditating on the place of man; questioning the Great Chain of Being)
- Representing the invisible
- Man and the stars
- Writing and transcendence (quest, belief, recreation)
- Metaphysical stakes versus atheistic temptations
- Cosmic order and Political order
— Dante and Shakespeare: moral typologies and political stakes
- Political models and reality, political figures, crises and continuity, political power and the Wheel of Fortune
- Fraud, hypocrisy, crime, villainy
- Representing human acts, toward what end? (to entertain, to teach?)
- The psychopathology of passions (hatred, love, terror, melancholy)
— The truth/illusion dialectic in Dante’s, Shakespeare’s and Elizabethan and Jacobean writers’ works
- Status and modality of invention (Aristotle’s influence?)
- Here and now versus hereafter, the use of the supernatural (fictional process and process of authentication)
- The treatment of History and the use of mythology
- Reality and appearances (theatrical illusion, poetic lies)
- Metaphorical invention
- The veil/unveil dialectic (allusiveness, polysemy, riddling)
— Dante as both a poet and poetician (Rime, Vita Nova, De Vulgari Eloquentia) and Shakespeare as a poet, as well as Donne, Spenser, Sydney, Wroth…
- The circulation of Italian poetry in England; translations; material traces
- Theories and practices of poetry (Dante and the Stilnovo; Petrarchan mediation in early modern England; Dante and early modern poets)
- The sonnet as a poetic form
- The aesthetics of conceits (Dante and Donne)
— A Dante/Shakespeare “function” in contemporary imagination?
- Romantic reception (Coleridge’s notion of “gloomy imagination”)
- Quotations, imitations, transpositions, translations (T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Auerbach)
- Powerful models (to represent dystopias, the ravings of desire, the imaginary sphere of disaster)
Abstracts and a brief biographical notice are to be sent by 30 June 2018 to both
Bibiographical elements (secondary sources)
1) Dante and Chaucer
An, Sonjae, “Echoes of Boethius and Dante in Chaucer’s ‘Troilus and Griselda’”, Medieval and Early Modern English Studies, vol. 12 , déc 2004, p. 393-418.
Neuse, Richard, Chaucer’s Dante. Allegory and Epic Theater in the Canterbury Tales, Berkeley/Los Angeles/Oxford, University of California Press, 1991.
2) Dante and Shakespeare
Brown, Calvin S., “Dante, Shakespeare, and the Common Heritage”, Review (Blacksburg, VA), 1980, 2, p. 361-364.
Bruneau, Jean, “La Figure de Jules César de Dante à Shakespeare”, Études Anglaises, 1964, 17, p. 591-604.
Chesta Ugo, “Guido da Montefeltro e Amleto : ‘vite parallele’ “, Levia Gravia, X, 2008, p. 1-23.
COPE, Jackson I, “Theater of the dream: Dante’s ‘ Commedia’, Jonson’s Satirist, and Shakespeare’s Sage”, in The Theater and the Dream, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1973, p. 211-244.
Ferguson, Francis, “Romantic love in Dante and Shakespeare”, The Sewanee Review, LXXXIII, 1975, p. 253-266.
Fergusson, Francis, “Trope and Allegory : Some Themes Common to Dante and Shakespeare”, Dante Studies with the Annual Report of the Dante Society (Binghamton, NY), 1968, 86, p. 113-126.
Herzman, Ronald B., “Fraternal (Un)Masking : Shakespeare’s ‘Measure for Measure’ and Dante’s ‘Inferno’ 27″ in Franco R. Bradley, Beth A. Mulvaney (eds.), The World of St. Francis of Assisi. Essays in honor of William R. Cook, Leiden-Boston, Brill, 2015, p. 121-139.
Goldstein, Gary B., “Did Shakespeare Read Dante in Italian ?”, The Elizabethan Review (ERev), 1993 Spring, 1 (1), p. 61-62.
Kirkpatrick, R., “On the Treatment of Tragic Themes in Dante and Shakespeare”, Modern Language Review (Edinburgh, Scoltland), 1977, 72, p. 575-584.
Lawson, Jacqueline E., “The Infernal Macbeth”, Aligarth Critical Miscellany (ACM), 1988, 1 (1), p. 33-43.
Maillet, Gregory, “‘Fidelity to the Word’ : Lonerganian Conversation through Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale and Dante’s Purgatorio”, Religion and the Arts (ReAr), 2006 ; 10 (2), p. 219-243.
Malamud, Randy, “Shakespeare/Dante and Water/Music in The Waste Land”, in Jewel Spears Brooker (ed. and introd.), T. S. Eliot and Our Turning World, London, Macmillan/St Martin’s, with Institute of Unites States Studies, University of London, 2001, p. 1000-113.
McFall, E. K., “Macbeth and Dante’s Inferno”, Notes and Queries, 2006 Dec, 53 (251) (4), p. 490-494.
Mortimer, Anthony, “Shakespeare and Italian Poetry”, in Jonathan Post (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare’s Poetry, Oxford, OUP, 2013, p. 116-133.
Obertello, Alfredo, “Dante e Shakespeare”, in Vincenzo Pernicone (ed.), Miscellanea di studi danteschi, Genoa, Lib. Ed. Mario Bozzi, 1966, p. 93-102.
Picone, Michelangelo, “Onomastica e tradizione letteraria : il caso di ‘ Romeo e Giulietta’”, Il nome del testo. Rivista internazionale di Onomastica Letteraria, 1, 1999, Pisa, p. 87-99.
Quinones, Ricardo Joseph, “Time in Dante and Shakespeare”, Symposium : A Quarterly Journal in Modern Foreign Literatures (Syracuse, NY), 1968, 22, p. 261-284.
Satin, Joseph, “Macbeth and the Inferno of Dante”, Forum (Houston, TX), 1971, 9 (1), p. 18-23.
Smith, Albert-James, The metaphysics of love. Studies in Renaissance love poetry from Dante to Milton, Cambridge, CUP, 1985.
Tambling, Jeremy, “Monstrous tyranny, men of blood : Dante and ‘Inferno’ XII”, The Modern Language Review, XCVIII, 2003, 4, p. 881-897.
Whallon, William, Inconsistencies : Studies in the New Testament, the Inferno, Othello, and Beowulf, Cambridge, Biblio, 1983.
Webster, Richard, “Dante e Shakespeare”, Cultura nel mondo, 1973, 27 (5-6), p. 12-20.
Webster, Richard, “Two Hells : Comparison and Contrast between Dante and Shakespeare with Particular Reference to Inferno, X and Richard III I, iv”, Nottingham Medieval Studies (Nottingham, England), 1975, 19, p. 35-47.
Williams, Rae, “The Ghost of Dante Alighieri in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet”, in Kiki Gounaridou (ed. and preface), Text & Presentation : The Comparative Drama Conference Series, 8, McFarland, 2012, p. 34-40.
3) Dante and Shakespeare’s contemporaries
- a) Dante and Donne (John)
Freccero, John, In Dante’s Wake : Reading from Medieval to Modern in the Augustinian Tradition, New York, Fordham UP, 2015.
Frontain, Raymond-J., “Moses, Dante, and the Visio Dei of Donne’s ‘Going to Bed’”, A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews, 1993 Jan, 6 (1), p. 13-17.
Fleissner, Robert F., “Donne and Dante : The Compass Figure Reinterpreted”, Modern Language Notes, 1961 par, 76 (4), p. 315-320.
- b) Dante and Marlowe (Christopher)
Creasy, William C., “The Shifting Landscape of Hell”, Comitatus : A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 1980, 11, p. 40-65.
- c) Dante and Sidney (Philip)
Heninger, S. K., Jr, “Sequences, systems, Models : Sidney and the Secularization of Sonnets”, in Neil Fraistat (ed.), Poems in Their Place : The Intertextuality and Order of Peotic Collections, Chapel Hill, U of North Carolina P, 1986, p. 66-94.
- d) Dante and Spenser (Edmund)
Benson, Robert G., “Elizabeth as Beatrice : A Reading of Spenser’s Amoretti”, South Central Bulletin, 1972, 32 (4), p. 184-188.
Morgan, The Shaping of English Poetry, Volume III/ Essays on Beowulf, Dante, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Langland, Chaucer and Spenser, Bern, Peter Lang, 2013.
Paolina, M., “Spenser and Dante”, English Miscellany : A Symposium of History, Literature and the Arts, 1963, 14, p. 27-44.
Paolucci, Anne, The Women in Dante’s Divine Comedy and Spenser’s Faerie Queene, Dover (DE), Griffon, for Bagehot Council, 2005.
Parker, Pauline, “The Image of Direction in Dante, Spenser and Milton”, English Miscellany/ A Symposium of History, Literature and the Arts (Rome, Italy), 1968, 19, p. 9-23.
Tosello, Matthew, “Spenser’s Silence about Dante”, Studies in English Literarture, 1500-1900, 1977 Winter, 17 (1), p. 59-66.
4) The reception of Italian culture in early modern England
Haveley, Nicholas, Dante’s British Public: Readers and Texts from the Fourteenth century to the Present, Oxford, OUP, 2014.
Marrapodi, Michele, Shakespeare and Intertextuality : the Transition of Cultures between Italy and England in the early Modern Period, Roma, Bulzoni, 2000.
Marrapodi, Michele (ed), Italian Culture in the Drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Rewriting, Remaking, Refashioning, Farnham, Ashgate Publishing Limited, coll. “Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies”, 2016.
Marrapodi, Michele, Shakespeare and the Italian Renaisance. Appropriation, Transformation, Opposition, Farnham, Ashgate Publishing Limited, coll. “Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies”, 2014.
Redmond, Michael J., Shakespeare, Politics, and Italy. Intertextuality on the Jacobean Stage, Farnham, Ashgate Publishing Limited, coll. “Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies”, 2009.
Tomita, Soko, A Bibliographical Catalogue of Italian Books printed in England, 1558-1603, Farnham, Ashgate Publishing Limited, coll. “Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies”, 2009.
Tomita, Soko, Tomita, Masahito, A Bibliographical Catalogue of Italian Books printed in England, 1603-1642, Farnham, Ashgate Publishing Limited, coll. “Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies”, 2014.
5) The reception of Dante in the 19th-21st centuries
Gervais, David, “Eliot’s Shakespeare and Eliot’s Dante”, in Jewel Spears Brooker (ed. and introd.), T. S. Eliot and Our Turning World, London, Macmillan/St Martin’s, with Institute of Unites States Studies, University of London, 2001, p. 114-124.
Haveley, Nicholas, Dante’ s Modern Afterlife : Reception and Response from Blake to Heaney, Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan, 1998.
Haveley, Nicholas (ed), Dante in the Nineteenth Century : Reception, Canonicity, Popularization, Pieterlen (Switzerland), Verlag Peter Lang, 2011.
Lummus, David, “Dante’s ‘Inferno’. Critical reception and influence”, in Patrick Hunt (ed), Critical Insights. The Inferno, Pasadena, Salem Press, 2011, p. 63-81.
6) Dante and Shakespeare in the 20th century
Uricchio, William, “Dante’s Inferno and Caesar’s Ghost : Intertextuality and Conditions of Receptions in Early American Cinema”, in Richard Abel (ed.), Silen Film, New Brunswick (NJ), Rutgers UP, 1996, p. 217-233.
(posted 14 April 2018)
The Essay: Present Histories, Present Futures
University of Malta, 11-13 April 2019
Deadline for proposals: 30 April 2018
This international conference organised by the Department of English at the University of Malta responds to a recent and pronounced resurgence of interest in the essayistic and the essay form. It aims to bring together academics, researchers, and scholars with varied backgrounds and interests to discuss the essay both by returning to its rich and varied history and by discussing its futures. The essay has always been averse to simple definition, taking elements from other discourses and reinventing itself continuously, while at the same time retaining something which makes it recognisable as ‘essay’. It is this tension that this conference focuses on by considering, among other things, the histories and futures of the essay; its key milestones and protagonists; its relation to literature, philosophy, theory, and non-fiction of various kinds; its relation to modality and publication contexts; and the possibility or otherwise of developing a poetics or a theory of the essay.
We invite papers that engage with the following suggested topics, but other proposed topics will also be considered.
- Developing a poetics of the essay
- Developing a theory of the essay
- The contemporary essay
- The essay’s relation to literature and literariness
- The essay and the poetic
- The essay and philosophy
- The essay and literary theory
- The essayistic
- The essay, mode, and modality (print, film, digital, etc)
- The histories and traditions of the essay
- The relation between the essay and specific national literatures
- The essay in the Mediterranean region
- The futures of the essay
- Individual essayists and their contribution to the poetics/theory/history/tradition of the essay
- Recurring motifs in the essay tradition
- Intertextuality in the essay
- The essay and creative nonfiction
- The institutionalization (or lack of it) of the essay
- The essay and its publication contexts
Confirmed plenary speakers:
Prof. Neil Badmington (University of Cardiff)
Prof. Ivan Callus (University of Malta)
Dr. Uttara Natarjan (Goldsmith’s College, London)
Others to be announced in due course
Deadline for submission of proposals: 30th April 2018
Confirmation of acceptance of proposal after peer reviewing process: by 31st May 2018
Registration opens in July 2018
Proposals for 20 minutes papers in the form of a brief abstract (200-250words) and a short biographic note should be emailed as pdf/word files to email@example.com or through the conference page on https://www.um.edu.mt/events/essay2019/about by 30th April 2018. Any queries about the conference should be sent to the same email address.
(posted 19 October 2017, updated 16 January 2018)