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A South African Convivio with Dante

Born Frees’ Interpretations of the Commedia
  • Edited by:
  • Anita Virga,
  • Sonia Fanucchi,

This book offers a collection of South African university students’ written responses to the Commedia and scholars’ commentary on them. The students’ collection includes writings of all genres and subjects: prose, poetry, personal reflection, dialogue, non-fiction based on the first two cantiche of the Commedia. Some are autobiographical and others are fictional stories, but they all have in common a very personal (and South African) approach to Dante’s text. The scholarly essays of the second part are concerned with the unusual way in which Dante is appreciated by our youth: not as a remote figure only encountered in the hallways of the literature department, but as an intimate presence, a guide, a friend whose language is familiar and invites a response.

  • Keywords:
  • Dante Alighieri,
  • Dante in South Africa,
  • Dante’s reception,
  • Postcolonial Dante,
  • transformation,
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Anita Virga

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa - ORCID: 0000-0002-7600-4919

Sonia Fanucchi

University of Witwatersrand, South Africa - ORCID: 0000-0001-7653-2650

Sonia Fanucchi is an English Lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, and co-founder of the Dante society of South Africa. Her research interests include 19th century ritual and Medievalism, and all things Dante. Her forthcoming paper is entitled, “Re-membering history: allegory as sacrament in Inferno’s Prologue scene”.

Anita Virga is Senior Lecturer in the Italian Department at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She completed her PhD at the University of Connecticut in 2015. She has published various book chapters and articles on Italian cinema and literature in various academic journals, and a monograph on Verga and Capuana in 2017.
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pp.13-24


PART II. Scholars’ Conversations with South African Students

Anita Virga

The Unattainable South African Paradise
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pp.143-151


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pp.153-167


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pp.169-177


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Book Title

A South African Convivio with Dante

Book Subtitle

Born Frees’ Interpretations of the Commedia

Editors

Anita Virga, Sonia Fanucchi

Peer Reviewed

Number of Pages

212

Publication Year

2021

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© 2021 Author(s)

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CC BY 4.0

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Publisher Name

Firenze University Press

DOI

10.36253/978-88-5518-458-8

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978-88-5518-457-1

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978-88-5518-458-8

Series Title

Studi e saggi

Series Issn ISSN

2704-6478

Series E-Issn

2704-5919

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