Italian scholar to deliver lecture April 4

by Dennis Brown

Ronald L. Martinez, a professor of Italian at the University of Minnesota, will deliver a lecture titled “Written in Effigy: Speaking Pictures in Stilnovo and Petrarchan Lyric” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday (April 4) in the Department of Special Collections, Room 102 Hesburgh Library, at the University of Notre Dame.p. The lecture, which is sponsored by the Devers Program in Dante Studies, is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception.p. Director of the Italian Program at Minnesota, Martinez collaborated with Robert Durling on “Time and the Crystal,” a study of Dante’s rime petrose. He also has published a new translation and commentary of Dante’s “Divine Comedy.”p. Martinez has written numerous articles regarding medieval and early modern Italian culture and literature, including important essays on Boccaccio, Ariosto and Machiavelli. His current projects include a study of theatrical space in early modern Italy and an examination of melancholy and lamentation in the writing of Dante.p. The Devers Program in Dante Studies was established in 1995 with a $1-million endowment gift from William and Katherine Devers. In addition to sponsoring an annual lecture series, the Devers program funds rare book acquisitions in the University’s historic Dante collection and supports print and electronic publication of scholarly research in the field of Italian studies.

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