Dante Notes

Dante Notes is a web space in which current and engaging research and pedagogy projects related to Dante are featured. In keeping with the original mission of the Electronic Bulletin of the Dante Society of America, and widening it to include a distinct pedagogical section and one devoted to essays by students, this venue hosts vetted projects and essays for a period of one year, ensuring additional prominence and immediate availability to the readership. With the change of the calendar year, essays that have appeared in this space are migrated to the EBDSA archive in their appropriate sections. With this new series of the EBDSA, our desire is to continue to encourage discussion and debate among Dante scholars by publishing new work that deserves a first airing. Since our electronic format allows the editorial board both to respond to and to publish submissions quickly, publication is possible more rapidly than in any forum devoted to Dante of which we know.

Follow the links below to browse articles published under the respective domains of Dante Notes since 2017:

For archived articles published prior to 2017, please visit the EBDSA site and/or the following annual indexes to Dante Notes:

For submission and other information please contact our editor:


Regeneration and Degeneration in Dante’s Purgatorio
Deborah Parker (University of Virginia) August 12, 2020

A Call to Revolution and a More Just Society: A Note on Paradiso 8.73-75
Akash Kumar (Indiana University) June 20, 2020

Pigs in Paradise: A Note on Paradiso 29
David Bowe (University College Cork) March 24, 2020

Postilla a Inferno 18.100. Sul lemma calle.
Daniele Santoro (I.C. San Benedetto, Roma) December 16, 2019

“A Form in Time”: A Typographical Dante by Barrie Tullett, or a Radical, Vital New Aesthetics for Dante’s Divine Comedy
Mika Provata-Carlone (Independent Scholar) November 26, 2019

Tolkien’s Brief Allusion to Dante’s Selva Oscura
Leon Jacobowitz Efron (Shalem College, Israel) June 29, 2019

A Comment on Doré’s Illustrations of Dante (Inferno)
Connor McDonald (Independent Scholar) March 13, 2019

Sex, Floods, and a Learned Gloss. Reading Dante’s Commentators within the Decameron
Simone Marchesi (Princeton University) January 19, 2019


Diligite iustitiam, qui iudicatis terram
Valentina Pagliai (Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights) August 1, 2020

Dante in the Digital Realm: A New Journey
Anna Holt (University of Puerto Rico) July 8, 2020

AP English Syllabus and Inferno Unit Plan
John Hoarty (Saint Ignatius College Prep, Chicago, IL) November 9, 2019
Hoarty was the winner of the fourth annual Durling Prize for teaching Dante at the pre-collegiate level.

Teaching Dante: An Annotated Syllabus
Jacob Root (Grace Church School, New York, NY) November 25, 2018
Root was the winner of the third annual Durling Prize for teaching Dante at the pre-collegiate level.

Dante for All
Sandy Wilcox (Geneseo Central School) July 3, 2018
Now retired, Wilcox reflects on fifteen years of teaching Dante to high school sophomores.

Introduction to the Undergraduate Dante Journal of Singapore
Andrew Hui (Yale-NUS College) November 26, 2017

Teaching Dante: An Annotated Syllabus
Daniel Christian (Gilman School, Baltimore, MD) November 19, 2017
Christian was the winner of the second annual Durling Prize for teaching Dante at the pre-collegiate level.
See also Christian's contributions to the Fall 2017 issue of Brigham Young University's online journal Lingua Romanawhich was dedicated to "Dante and the Public Humanities," and his anthology of high school student essays on Dante titled Educating the Eye (I).

Teaching Dante: An Annotated Syllabus
Barbara Rosenblit (Weber School, Atlanta, GA) April 11, 2017
Rosenblit was the winner of the first annual Durling Prize for teaching Dante at the pre-collegiate level.

Student Encounters

Student Encounters welcomes essays and projects that offer a personal response to Dante, especially those by secondary school students and readers who have encountered his texts in non-traditional academic contexts, including continuing education programs. For further information and submissions, please write to dantesociety@gmail.com.

In memory of Giuseppe Lo Manto (1950-2020), known to all simply as “Pippo” – an inspiring high-school teacher from Sicily who founded the annual Settimana di Studi Danteschi – a member of the Dante Society has offered to recognize an outstanding contributor to Student Encounters by supporting a complimentary year of membership. Recipients of the annual “Pippo Lo Manto membership award” are noted next to their entries.

Reflecting on My Unexpectedly Digital Dante Experience
Claire Corbeaux (SUNY College at Geneseo) August 1, 2020

Paradiso as a Guide to Social Distancing
Sean McAneny (SUNY College at Geneseo) August 1, 2020
Recipient of the 2019-2020 “Pippo Lo Manto membership award”

Purgatorio 31: Armonizzando in Due
Cynthia Spaulding (continuing education student) May 7, 2020

Canto 1-800-HELP
Cecile McWilliams (St. Andrew's Episcopal School) April 18, 2020

Virgil and Dante: Protective Father and Admiring Son
Samantha Egan (Saint Ignatius College Prep) February 20, 2020

The Effects of Sin on Humanity's Moral Disposition in Dante's Inferno
Karoline Navarro (Saint Ignatius College Prep) February 20, 2020

Dante 350
Owen McWilliams (St. Andrew's Episcopal School) August 6, 2019

Strangers No More: When Harry Met [Dante]…
Kate Dowling (Bryn Mawr School) March 9, 2019

Dante Finds a Second Eternal Home inside a Harry Chapin Rooming House
Katrina Salmon (Bryn Mawr School) March 9, 2019

See also the anthology of high school student essays on Dante titled Educating the Eye (I) edited by Dan Christian, retired English teacher from the Gilman School in Baltimore. Proceeds from the sale of volume benefit the Dante Society of America and the Harry Chapin Foundation.

Editorial Board


Simone Marchesi
Princeton University

Robert Hollander
Founding Editor (1995-2004)
Princeton University

Associate Editors

Susanna Barsella
Fordham University

Francesco Ciabattoni
Georgetown University

Akash Kumar
University of California, Santa Cruz

Francesca Southerden 
University of Oxford

Publication Information

Libraries are advised that the ISSN for the Electronic Bulletin of the Dante Society of America is 1545-8415.