The year 2021 marks the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death, and his major work, the Divine Comedy, remains one of the most read, studied, illustrated and prized works of world literature. This richly illustrated lecture will focus on both the origins and development of the medieval city of Florence—its monuments, socio-political structure, and artistic legacy—and Dante’s life and works, in which his native city played an important formative, indeed decisive role. Today, in walking the streets of modern Florence, we can see the well-preserved churches, palaces, towers and other vestiges of the medieval city Dante knew and loved. We will also briefly examine how, in the Comedy, Dante transformed the everyday reality of life in medieval Italy into an intricate and remarkably vivid vision of the afterlife.
Chris Kleinhenz taught medieval Italian literature at the UW-Madison for almost forty years. He has led many tours to Italy sponsored by the Division of Continuing Studies and the UW Alumni Association and has lived in Italy (Naples, Bologna, Perugia, Florence and Rome) on various occasions where he taught and directed UW study-abroad programs. He has given a number of illustrated presentations on Italy for the Retirement Association.
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Registration Deadline: Friday, March 19
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UW-Madison Retirement Association
21 N Park St, Room 7205
Madison WI 53715-1218