Academic Programs and Support

During the fall of the 2004-2005 academic year the Devers Program continued its Distinguished Visiting Professor series with the appointment of Professor Zygmunt G. Barański, Serena Professor of Italian and Head of the Department of Italian in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge University. Barański taught a graduate seminar titled "Dante's World of Books" and an undergraduate course on Italian film: "Italian Cinema: The Realities of History."

In conjunction with Professor Barański's visit and the seventh centenary of the birth of Petrarch (1304-1374), the Devers Program in Dante Studies, the Medieval Institute, and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures organized a lecture series during the Fall of 2004 exploring aspects of the literary relationship between Dante (1265-1321) and Petrarch (1304-1374) and featuring lectures by:

  • Giuseppe Mazzotta (Yale University) and 
    Justin Steinberg (University of Chicago)

  • Zygmunt G. Baranski (Cambridge University) and 
    Christian R. Moevs (University of Notre Dame)

  • Ronald L. Martinez (Brown University) and
    Albert R. Ascoli (University of California, Berkeley)

  • Sara Sturm-Maddox (University of Massachusetts Amherst) and 
    Theodore Cachey (University of Notre Dame).

Scholarly Publication

The volume of conference proceedings from the International Dante Conference held at Notre Dame in September 2003 and co-sponsored by the Devers Program, Le culture di Dante. Studi in onore di Robert Hollander, edited by Michelangelo Picone, Theodore Cachey, and Margherita Mesirca (Florence: Cesati, 2004, 376 pp.) appeared during 2004-2005. Also published at this time was Understanding Dante, by John Scott, volume six in the William and Katherine Devers Series in Dante Studies, published by the University of Notre Dame Press (Notre Dame and London: Notre Dame UP, 2005, 504 pp.).

Internet Research and Publications

The Devers Program has continued its support of the ItalNet project. Our agreement with the founding members of the consortium, the ARTFL project of the University of Chicago, the Opera del Vocabolario Italiano (OVI), Florence, Italy, and the Italian Studies Program of the University of Reading (U.K.) was renewed during 2004-2005 for another five year period.

Rare Book Acquisitions

A list of works purchased during the 2004-2005 academic year is available here.