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"Dante and the Limits of the Law" a book presentation by Justin Steinberg, University of Chicago



with the participation of Emanuele Coccia, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris

"Dante and the Limits of the Law" (University of Chicago Press, 2013) is the first comprehensive study of the legal structure crucial to Dante’s Divine Comedy. Steinberg reveals how Dante imagines an afterlife dominated by elaborate laws, hierarchical jurisdictions, and rationalized punishments and rewards. Steinberg makes the compelling case that Dante deliberately exploits this highly-structured legal system to explore the phenomenon of exceptions to it, introducing Dante to crucial current debates about literature’s relation to law, exceptionality, and sovereignty.An introduction to Professor Steinberg's work will be presented by Emanuele Coccia, political philospher at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris and current fellow at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University.Justin Steinberg is Professor of Italian Literature at the University of Chicago. He also serves as an Italian Graduate Adviser and Editor-in-Chief, Dante Studies. His scholarship focuses on medieval Italian literature, especially on Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch, and the early lyric. Related interests include manuscript culture/material philology, reception studies, the connections between legal and literary culture, and medieval political theory.Emanuel Coccia's publications include: "La trasparenza delle immagini. Averroè e l’averroismo" (Milan 2005, Spanish translation 2008), "La vie sensible" (2010, translated in English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Romanian) e "Le bien dans les choses" (2013 translated in Italian, Spanish, English and German translation in press). With Giorgio Agamben he edited an anthology on angels ("Angeli. Ebraismo Cristianesimo Islam", Milan 2009).Presented on the occasion of the 750th anniversary of the birth of Dante and in collaboration with the University of Chicago Press.Free and open to the public. A reception will follow.RSVP at


Data: Gio 22 Ott 2015

Ingresso : Libero