POSTPONED: Tucci-Cornetti Lecture (Dennis Looney, MLA): "Dante and the Discouse of Race in Twentieth-Century America"

April 17, 2020 - 5:30pm

In this presentation Dr. Looney examines how the reception of Dante Alighieri – his biography and the Divine Comedy – contributes to the productive literary entanglement of several key figures of American literary life in the middle of the 20th century.

Since 2014, Dennis Looney has served as director of the Office of Programs and director of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages at the Modern Language Association of America. From 1986 to 2013, he taught Italian at the University of Pittsburgh, with secondary appointments in classics and philosophy. He was chair of the Department of French and Italian for eleven years and assistant dean of the humanities for three years at Pitt. Publications include Compromising the Classics: Romance Epic Narrative in the Italian Renaissance (1996), which received honorable mention in the judging for the 1996–97 joint Howard R. Marraro Prize and Scaglione Award in Italian Studies from the MLA, and Freedom Readers: The African American Reception of Dante Alighieri and the Divine Comedy (2011), which received the American Association of Italian Studies Book Prize (general category) in 2011. With D. Mark Possanza, he is co-editor and translator of Ludovico Ariosto’s Latin Poetry (2018).


Co-sponsored by Medieval & Renaissance Studies, the European Union Center.

*This event has been postponed until fall term 2020.

Location and Address

501 CL