Sandow Birk, "Inferno," 2003, oil on canvas.Detail from “Dante and the Three Kingdoms” by Domenico di Michelino, 1465, oil on canvas."Paradise" (Par. 10) by Giovanni di Paolo, 1444-ca. 1450, illuminated manuscript.Odilon Redon, "Dante et Beatrice" and "La Vision de Dante," ca. 1914, watercolor on paper.Detail from "Beatrice Addressing Dante" (Purg. 30: 60-146) by William Blake, 1824-27, ink and watercolor on paper.Friedrich Geselschap, compositions on Dante, ca. 1853, pen and ink on paper.Detail from "La Barque de Dante," Eugène Delacroix, 1822, oil on canvas.


The mission of the Dante Society of America is to promote the study and appreciation of the time, life, works and cultural legacy of Dante Alighieri. Please follow the navigational links on our website to learn more about our history, activities, and current initiatives.

News and Events

Vote now in our annual Council election!

From now through April 15, all current members of the Dante Society are invited and encouraged to vote in our election for new Council members. For the first time, voting will take place online. Simply click the following link to read about the nominees and make your selection: 2016 online ballot.

Annual Meeting and Conference

The 134th Annual Meeting of the Dante Society of America will be held at Brown University in Providence, RI, on Saturday morning, April 23, 2016. In conjunction with our Annual Meeting, Professor Ronald Martinez will be hosting a conference at Brown University titled "Dante and the Protocols of Performance: Theatricality, Ritual, Feasts"  on April 22-23. Please visit the conference website for the program and logistical details.

MLA 2017 Call for Papers

Please consider submitting an abstract for one of the two following sessions sponsored by the Dante Society at the next Modern Language Association Annual Convention, to be held in Philadelphia on January 5-8, 2017:

  • "How Dante Became Dante": Explorations of Dante's production before the Commedia, with emphasis on his minor works.
  • "Dante and Material Culture": Investigations of physical objects, resources, and spaces used to define Dante Studies

Send a title, 300-word abstract, and short bio to Beatrice Arduini ( by 15 March 2016.

The Durling Prize Fund

The DSA Council and the family of our late and much lamented colleague Robert M. Durling invite members and friends of the Dante Society to assist in the establishment of a new annual prize to be known as the “Robert M. Durling Prize.” This award will recognize excellence in the teaching of Dante’s life, time, and works by educators working in North American secondary schools. Read more about the prize and contribute online.