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 2020, please visit the EBDSA site and/or the following annual archives of Dante Notes:

For submission and other information please contact our editor:


Paradiso 28: Potential Judeo-Muslim Influence on Dante’s Angelological-Astrological Correlation
Leon Jacobowitz-Efron (Shalem College, Jerusalem) March 3, 2024

Dalla Vita Nova al Convivio
Alberto Pimpinelli (Rice University, Université Clermont Auvergne) August 10, 2023

"Come al nome di Tisbe": Vocal Encounters on the Top of Mount Purgatory
Paolo Scartoni (Rutgers University) May 25, 2023

Dante Giving the Finger to the Pope: A Dantean Manuscript Anecdote from 1492
Leon Jacobowitz-Efron (Shalem College, Jerusalem) April 7, 2023

Authentically Speaking: Dante and the Politics of Language in Meloni’s Italy
Akash Kumar (University of California, Berkeley) November 21, 2022

The Commedia's -ilia rhymes: a reading of Inferno XXVI and Paradiso XXVI
George Rayson (University of Cambridge) August 14, 2022

Back to the Human: Filippo Balducci and Son in Florence as a Parody of Paradiso 31
Olivia Holmes (Binghamton University) November 20, 2021

Sull’origine dei fiumi infernali: Dante, Inf. XIV e il Fedone platonico
Rosa Ronzitti (Università di Genova) February 9, 2021

Sottrasse me: Schede per la lettura intertestuale di un hapax dantesco
Simone Marchesi (Princeton University) November 24, 2020

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


Late Medieval World and Dante’s Inferno: Course Syllabus
Michel de Konkoly Thege, Elizabeth Irwin High School (New York, NY) October 2, 2022
Robert M. Durling Prize winner, 2022

"Quel savio gentil:" Remembering Our Teachers
A program of tributes to Robert Hollander (1933-2021) and John Freccero (1931-2021) by former students,
following the proceedings of the 140th Annual Meeting of the Dante Society of America.

Dante's Inferno / European Literature Syllabus
Jennifer Wan, Boston Trinity Academy (Boston, MA) December 27, 2021
Robert M. Durling Prize winner, 2021

Dante Syllabus 2020-2021 and Portfolio Builders (2018-2019; 2019-2020)
Homer L. Twigg, IV (DeMatha Catholic High School, Hyattsville, MD) December 27, 2021
Robert M. Durling Prize winner, 2021

Dante in the Modern World: Course Syllabus
Terry Quinn (Saint Louis University High School, Saint Louis, MO) November 11, 2020
Robert M. Durling Prize winner, 2020

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

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.

Lighting of the Inferno
Sydney Purdum (High Tech High School, San Diego, CA) October 20, 2023

Duncan Hafner-Schnee (Kinkaid School, Houston, TX) May 21, 2022

Inferno 9 Illustration
Amy Shrivastava (International Community School, Kirkland, WA) April 3, 2021

Inferno 23 Illustration
Aubrey Jacob (International Community School, Kirkland, WA) April 3, 2021

Inferno 25 Illustration
Millie Mi (International Community School, Kirkland, WA) April 3, 2021

Inferno 25 Illustration
Jenny Pyon (International Community School, Kirkland, WA) April 3, 2021

Inferno Project
Ryan Collantes, Andrew Lin, Jenny Pyon (International Community School, Kirkland, WA) April 3, 2021

Inferno Map
Shivani Jayaprakasam(International Community School, Kirkland, WA) April 3, 2021

Inferno Punishments
Clio Erignac (International Community School, Kirkland, WA) April 3, 2021

Hotel Inferno
Sia Gaind (International Community School, Kirkland, WA) April 3, 2021

The Circle of Influencers
Bhavana Honavalli (International Community School, Kirkland, WA) April 3, 2021

Cocytus: A Treacherous Allegory for Slavery
Jordan Lu (International Community School, Kirkland, WA) April 3, 2021

Anchored to the Ground, Rising Above the Clouds
Santoshi Pisupati (International Community School, Kirkland, WA) April 3, 2021

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

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


Akash Kumar (Editor) (2023-2025; Associate Editor, 2016-2019; reappointed term 2020-2022)
University of California, Berkeley

Simone Marchesi
Founding Editor, Dante Notes (2015-2022)
Princeton University

Robert Hollander
Founding Editor, EBDSA (1995-2004)
Princeton University

Associate Editors

Francesco Ciabattoni (2016-2019; reappointed term 2020-2022; reappointed term 2023-2025)
Georgetown University

Terrence Quinn (2021-2023)
St. Louis University High

Lorenzo Dell'Oso (2022-2024)
University of Göttingen

Nassime Chida (2022-2024)
Duke University

Alyssa Granacki (2023-2025)
Colby College

Publication Information

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