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Women in Hell: Francesca da Rimini & Friends Between Sin, Virtue, and Heroism
April 20-21, 2012

Generous support for this conference comes from the Ahmanson Foundation. Sponsored by the UCLA Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, the UCLA Department of Italian, Romagna arte e storia, and under the auspices of the Italian Consulate General in Los Angeles.

Click here to download a PDF of the printed program brochure (780 kb).

Friday, April 20 at UCLA Royce Hall, Room 314
9:00 am Registration, Coffee
9:30 Welcoming remarks by Massimo Ciavolella, (Interim Director, CMRS), Ferruccio Farina, (Università di Urbino), and Lee Walcott (Ahmanson Foundation)
9:45 Giuseppe Mazzotta (Yale University) — “Dido in Love”
10:15 Luigi Ballerini (UCLA) — “Theodora: A Gift of God Nowhere to Be Found But Probably in Hell, Somewhere”
10:45 Break
11:15 Eduard Vilella (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) — “Not Even in Hell: Dante’s Isolde”
11:45 Heather Sottong (UCLA) — “Three Argentine Visions of Francesca: Victoria Ocampo, Jorge Luis Borges, and Leopoldo Lugones”
12:15 pm Lunch
2:00 Deirdre O’Grady (University College, Dublin) — “A ‘Dantesque Dualism’: Francesca da Rimini between Temptation, Betrayal and Perturbation”
2:30 Lucia Re (UCLA) — “Metamorphoses of Thäis”
3:00 Break
3:30 Brittany Asaro (UCLA) — “Boccaccio’s Francescas: Comparing Inferno V and the Tale of Nastagio degli Onesti (Decameron V.8)”
4:00 Roberto Fedi (Università per Stranieri, Perugia) — “Hell on Earth. A Women’s Madhouse at the End of the XIXth Century”
4:30 Gianluca Rizzo (Franklin and Marshall College) — “Mucchiachias Sathanae: The Female Sinners of Dante and Folengo’s Witches”
  at the Italian Cultural Institute
1023 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles
7:00 pm Welcome by Alberto di Mauro, Director IIC
Opening of “Passioni d’Italia — Francesca da Rimini nell’immaginario popolare,” an exhibition of engravings
8:00 Brief films of Dante’s Divine Comedy
8:30 Religious Mantis: Interactive video installation by Alessandro Marianantoni with live performance by Tiffany Trenda
9:00 Reception
   
Saturday, April 21 at the Italian Cultural Institute
1023 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles
9:30 am Coffee
10:00 Giulio Ferroni (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”) — “Inferni femminili nel Decameron” (via Skype from Zurich)
10:30 Raffaele Pinto (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) — “Le lacrime di Beatrice (Inferno II)” (via Skype from Barcelona)
11:00 Break
11:30 Rossend Arqués i Corominas (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) — “Scellerate donne. Note sulla semantica della “scelleratezza” nel Trecento” (via Skype from Barcelona)
12:00 pm Cindy Stanphill (UCLA) — “Damned if She Does and Damned If She Doesn’t: The Griselda Complex in Moderata Fonte’s Il merito delle donne”
12:30 Remo Bodei (UCLA) — “Attaccamento e abbandono: Francesca e Didone in Dante”
1:00 Lunch
2:00 Paolo Golinelli (Università degli Studi di Verona) — “Le ‘antifrancesche’ storiche: Cunizza da Romano e Matelda/Matilde di Canossa”
2:30 Melina Madrigal (UCLA) — “A Lightly Veiled Hell: Arcangela Tarabotti’s La tirannia paterna
3:00 Break
3:30 Rita Severi (Università degli Studi di Verona) — “ ‘The Love That Made Hell, Paradise.’ Ouida (Maria Louise Ramé, 1839-1908) Re-writing the Paolo and Francesca Theme in Held in Bondage
4:00 Dominic Siracusa (UCLA) — “For the Poet’s Sake: the Linguistic Sign and Women Who Lead to Hell”
4:30 Ferruccio Farina (Università di Urbino) — “Dall’inferno al paradiso: la trasformazione di Francesca nelle arti visive tra XIX e XX secolo”
5:00 Concluding Remarks

General Information
Advance registration is not required and there is no fee. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

UCLA Campus Parking
Please use the Self Pay Parking in UCLA Lots 2, 3, or 4. More parking information and maps showing the locations of the parking lots are available online at http://map.ais.ucla.edu/go/portal/1002187.

Need More Information?
Please write to cmrs@humnet.ucla.edu or call 310-825-1880.

 

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