Voices on Dante's Purgatorio 2022-23

Dante And Virgil Holkham Hall

A New Critical Reading of the Second Canticle 

Organized by: Prof. Dr. Zygmunt G. Barański (University of Notre Dame) and Prof. Dr. Maria Antonietta Terzoli (Universität Basel)

Following on from the complete critical reading of the Inferno that took place between March 2019 and March 2021 under the auspices of the Istituto di Italianistica dell’Università di Basilea and The William & Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies at the University of Notre Dame, has recently completed a critical reading of the Purgatorio along the same lines. The reading was divided into five meetings, each of two and a half days, that took place remotely in line with three of the five meetings dedicated to the Inferno.

As occurred with the Inferno, the aim of the meetings was to assess and discuss the individual cantos. The discussions brought together the speakers, as well as colleagues and undergraduate and postgraduate students. On the first evening of each meeting, there was a public lecture dedicated to the following topics connected to the Purgatorio.

The lecturae and an edited version of the discussions will be published by Carocci of Rome.

Clicke here to download the poster of the series.

  • Cantos I-VII - Voices 1
    Struttura e modelli del Purgatorio
    University of Basel, 21-23 September 2022
  • Cantos VIII-XIV - Voices 2
    Lingua e stile delPurgatorio’
    University of Basel, 14-16 December 2022
  • Cantos XV-XXI - Voices 3
    Amore in Purgatorio
    University of Basel,  8-10 March 2023
  • Cantos XXII-XXVII - Voices 4
    Il ‘Purgatorio’ e la tradizione pastorale
    University of Basel, 10-12 May 2023
  • Cantos XXVIII-XXXIII - Voices 5
    Biografia e trasmissione testuale del ‘Purgatorio’
    University of Basel,  20-22 September 2023


  • Gabriella Albanese (Università di Pisa)
  • Laura Banella  (University of Notre Dame)
  • Zygmunt G. Barański (University of Notre Dame)
  • Muriel Maria Stella Barbero (Universität Basel)
  • Francesco Bausi (Università di Firenze)
  • Theodore Cachey (University of Notre Dame)
  • Enrico Fenzi (Università di Genova)
  • Giorgio Inglese (Università di Roma La Sapienza)
  • Thomas Klinkert (Universität Zürich)
  • Giuseppe Ledda (Università di Bologna)
  • Elena Lombardi (University of Oxford)
  • Maria Maślanka-Soro (Università Jagellonica di Cracovia)
  • Martin McLaughlin (University of Oxford)
  • Sebastiana Nobili (Università di Bologna)
  • Lino Pertile (Harvard University, Villa I Tatti)
  • Federica Pich (Università di Trento)
  • Luca Serianni (Università Roma La Sapienza)
  • Mirko Tavoni (Università di Pisa)
  • Maria Antonietta Terzoli (Universität Basel)
  • Gaia Tomazzoli (Università di Roma La Sapienza)
  • Paola Ureni (City University of New York)
  • Vincenzo Vitale (Universität Basel)