Ulysses: The Great Story
A Conversation with Piero Boitani, Sapienza Universita' di Roma
Wednesday, April 5th at 6pm
Italian Cultural Institute
500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450
Piero Boitani is Professor of Comparative Literature at the Sapienza University of Rome and teaches at the University of Italian Switzerland and at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, of the Accademia dei Lincei, and of the Medieval Academy of America. In 2002, he received the Feltrinelli Prize for Literary Criticism, in 2010 the De Sanctis Prize, in 2016 the International Balzan Prize for Comparative Literature. He is the Literary Editor of the Greek and Latin Classics series published by the Fondazione Lorenzo Valla.
Besides numerous articles and translations of classical writers, Boitani has authored some 25 books, translated in various languages, and edited another ten. Among his works in English are: The Shadow of Ulysses (1994); The Bible and its Rewritings (1999); The Genius to Improve an Invention (2002); Winged Words (2007); Dante's Poetry of the Donati (2007); The Gospel According to Shakespeare (2013). Most recently, he published in Italian: Il grande racconto delle stelle (2012); Dante e il suo futuro (2013); Letteratura e verita' (2013); Riconoscere e' un dio (2014); Il grande racconto di Ulisse (2016).
Co-presented by ItalCultura, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago, and the Loyola University John Cardinal Cody Chair of Theology, Loyola University Department of Theology, Modern Languages and Literatures, Loyola University Department of Classical Studies, and Rome Studies Minor Program.
While in Chicago, Prof. Boitani will present this lecture also at Loyola University on Monday, April 3rd at 4pm, IC 4th Floor. He will also speak on "What Dante Means to Me" at the Newberry Library on Tuesday, April 4th at 5:30pm.