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The female face of the Commedia



The female face of the Commedia

Lecture by Bianca Garavelli: The female face of the Commedia

As part of the Week of Italian Language in the World - XXI Edition

Dante’s masterpiece introduces us to a few female figures, not numerous, but still capable of leaving a mark for their poignancy. Some of them forestall current tragic issues, such as feminicide and gender-based violence: Francesca da Rimini, Pia da Siena, Piccarda Donati. Others are fully-fledged Muses, as well as women, because they seem to substantiate with their worldly existence, extending to the afterlife, or through their symbolic presence, the most important themes Dante holds dear. The latter include Cunizza da Romano, who in a sense “downplays” the most destructive aspects of amorous passion. Matelda, the mysterious “nymph”, conducts herself gracefully, but not without celestial wisdom and authority in the garden of Eden. And, of course, Beatrice, who is always present, since Canto II of Inferno, in the anticipation of a reunion with her and in her role as guide, so much to suggest the definition of “Journey towards Beatrice” for the sacred poem.


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Week of Italian Language in the World - XXI Edition

October 18-24, 2021

DANTE, The Italian - Celebrating 700 years of Dante

Under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic

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Date: Friday, October 22, 2021

Time: From 6:30 pm To 7:30 pm

Organized by : IIC Melbourne

In collaboration with : Bianca Garavelli

Entrance : Free




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