Illuminating Dante: An exhibition on Dante’s Divine Comedy and Legacy at the Mullins Library


University of Arkansas

“Illuminating Dante”, an exhibition celebrating both the seven hundredth anniversary of Dante’s death (1265-1321) and the month of Italian-American heritage and culture in October, is hosted by Special Collections and the Italian Program in the Languages ​​Department , Literatures and Cultures of the World is presented by the U of A. The exhibition runs from October 5th to 31st and consists of 22 objects organized in two boxes and in exhibition columns on the first floor of the Mullins Library.

It has a recently acquired 1520 copy of the Divine Comedy, various illustrated editions of Dante’s masterpiece in Italian and English, works related to the Divine Comedy with an emphasis on early modern Italian women writers and books examining the reception of Dante’s masterpiece in cultural contexts, including the African American community. The exhibition was organized by students in Italian 4123, “Dante: A Journey Between Visions and Words”.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Italian Consulate General in Houston, Texas. Further information can be found on the exhibition website: (live on October 5th). If you have any questions, email Joshua Youngblood and Kara Flynn in special collections or Ryan Calabretta-Sajder and Daniela D’Eugenio in the department for world languages, literatures and cultures.


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