Virginia Jewiss: The Architecture of Dante's "Divine Comedy" (Rome)

Cornell in Rome Fall 2011 Lecture Series

Translator of Melania Mazzucco’s Vita, an epic novel of Italian migration to America and Italian-American deployment to Italy during World War II, and winner of Italy’s most prestigious literary prize, the Strega Prize, Virginia Jewiss is a senior lecturer at Trinity College’s Rome campus and a fellow at Yale University’s Whitney Center for the Humanities. Before moving to Italy, she was assistant professor of Italian at Dartmouth College. She received her doctorate at Yale University with a dissertation on Dante and Angels. Jewiss will discuss the architecture — in terms of its poetic structure and implied spaces — of the Divine Comedy.