Dante’s Inferno: Influence, Adaptation, and Appropriation

Dante’s Inferno: Influence, Adaptation, and Appropriation

NEH Seminar – June 22 to July 10, 2015 – Charlottesville, VA

This NEH seminar offers high school teachers the opportunity to study Dante’s poem closely and to consider its cultural legacy. The seminar will do so through a close reading of the poem, followed by a consideration of literary and artistic works that draw inspiration from it, adapt it, or appropriate it. Our investigations of adaptation and appropriation will be carried out in two directions: we will analyze re-workings of the poem not only to understand how they differ from the original but also how these changes prompt us to think about innovation and creative reinvention in new ways.

Attending scholars will be able to engage Dante and his Inferno in new and exciting ways. Teachers will have the ability to engage Matthew Pearl, author of the Dante Club (one of the required readings for the course) on one afternoon, while traveling to Washington, D.C. to see how contemporary African artists have engaged the text in new and exciting ways. This traveling exhibition, which will have its debut at the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art, will allow participating NEH scholars to consider the ways in which the Inferno have transcended Dante’s Italian heritage and literary depictions. See www.scadmoa.org and www.huffingtonpost.com for more information on the exhibition.

The first week will introduce participants to the Inferno and its cultural legacy and explore Dante’s characters, treatment of religion and politics, and the idea of contrapasso as well as look at adaptations by Keats, Tennyson and David Fincher. During the second week we’ll look at literary adaptations by Milton, T.S. Eliot, Ezra, Pound, Matthew Pearl, Sandow Birk/Marcus Sanders, and Dan Brown. In the third week we’ll look at Dante and the visual arts, how artists from the Renaissance to the present have interpreted Dante. We will also look at films inspired by Dante.

After ‘kick in the stomach,’ Capitals believe they can rebound

A five-minute implosion made the Capitals look like the same old team in the playoffs.

They blew a two-goal lead for the fourth time in seven games to ruin an otherwise solid performance in a Game 1 loss to the back-to-back Stanley Cup champion Penguins. That Pittsburgh stormed back to win 3-2 seemed to suggest this would be yet another chapter in the long, miserable history for the Capitals against their nemesis: The Penguins have won nine of 10 postseason meetings between the two teams.

One of the most noteworthy parts of Cretors’ testimony was when she admitted, under questioning from McNair’s attorney, Bruce Broillet, that mistakes repeatedly occurred when investigators interviewed McNair. They asked McNair about a call between him and Lloyd Lake — one of the men who provided improper benefits to Reggie Bush while he was at USC — that they told him took place in January 2005. The call actually took place a year later and investigators never circled back with McNair to clarify their questioning after realizing the mistake was made.

Freeland (1-3) provided plenty of heat as the lefty struck out a season-high eight to earn his first win since July 30. But there was a moment of concern when Freeland was hit by a Chase Headley liner in the fourth. Freeland took a few warmup pitches and remained in the game. After that, his mechanics have rarely looked sharper, Rockies manager Bud Black said.

“It smoothed him out. He didn’t overthrow,” Black explained. “His focus might have been more heightened, because he was in a little bit of discomfort.”

Although the heel smarts, Freeland said it will “be all right.”

Colorado outfielder Noel Cuevas notched his first major league hit — a single down the line that looked like a sure double before he slipped on the first base bag. That’s about the only stumble for the Rockies in a game delayed 46 minutes by rain on a 37-degree evening. In an effort to stay warm, Nolan Arenado resorted to wearing a ski mask in the field.sl_cardinals_001

Rays beat Orioles 9-5 for sixth straight win

Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash said his team never lost confidence despite some struggles in the early part of the season.

Now, Tampa Bay is one of the hottest teams in baseball and Cash is looking to maintain that momentum.

C.J. Cron and Wilson Ramos homered and the Rays extended their winning streak to six games with a 9-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night.

It’s the Rays’ longest winning streak since a nine-game run from July 12-26, 2014.

“It’s kind of just a one through nine effort. We’re all swinging the bat well,” Cron said. “That doesn’t happen very often in the big leagues. So, it’s pretty cool to see us all click.”

Tampa Bay continued to pull away on RBI singles by Daniel Robertson and Ramos that boosted the margin to 6-0 in the third. Bundy had given up a total of five earned runs in his five previous starts.

“We got a sharp, young, versatile guy who’s a good communicator, who plays with physicality,” Colbert said. “He checks all the boxes for us.”

Edmunds started 31 games in three seasons for the Hokies, collecting six interceptions while also developing a reputation as a sure tackler. His junior season in 2017 was cut short by a shoulder injury that required surgery, though Colbert said it won’t be an issue when he reports for organized team activities next month.

Tremaine Edmunds’ selection came after Buffalo previously traded into the seventh slot to get Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen.

“Man, it was great,” Edmunds said of the draft process with his brother. “Definitely to see my other brother get drafted tonight, it was a big time relief for my whole family. I know everybody’s excited and I’m excited. It’s a long time coming, but we can finally say that we made it.”

Cleveland overcame a 4-0 deficit with two runs each in the sixth and seventh innings. A tie game in that spot would usually result in Miller making an appearance, but that won’t be the case for at least the next 10 days.

Jean Segura hit a leadoff groundout off Dan Otero, and Robinson Cano took a called third strike from Jeff Beliveau, who was called up from the minors before the game.

Goody (0-1) relieved and allowed consecutive doubles to Nelson Cruz and Seager. Mitch Haniger was intentionally walked, and Mike Zunino popped out.jets_054

Cain homers in return to KC as Brewers beat Royals 5-2

Lorenzo Cain spent seven seasons with the Kansas City Royals, winning two American League pennants and a World Series title while growing accustomed to the cheers of their adoring fans.

The jersey has changed. That love for Cain has not.

The affable outfielder homered and reached base four times in his return to Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night, sending the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-2 victory over the Royals. And on several occasions, including his homer in the seventh inning, Cain was given a standing ovation.

“He should get a treatment like that. They had some special times here for sure,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell, whose team has won seven straight. “Just a solid game setting the tone for us.”

“We’re going to wear a boot to take pressure off of it the next 12 hours,” Kennedy said. “It’s a tiny little bone, but it means a lot. I’ve learned my lessons in the past, pitching through things that can affect your movements or your balance that makes a difference especially down the road.”

Cain walked and scored in the third and fifth before going deep off Burch Smith. He also made a couple of nifty grabs in center field, that familiar patch of turf he presided over for so many seasons.

Cain parlayed his success in Kansas City into an $80 million, five-year contract in free agency, returning to the club that drafted him in 2004 and eventually traded him in a deal for Zack Greinke.

“I’ve grown a lot,” Cain said. “Gotten a little older. Won a World Series, went to two. A lot happened since they traded for me. I’ve been thinking about this day for a while now.”

“You try to find ways to eliminate injuries. But the minute you step on the field, you’re bound to get hurt somewhere. That’s just the nature of the beast. And I think taking that out of the game is big. I don’t like to see it happen.”

Hester and running back Matt Forte both signed one-day contracts with their original team Monday at Halas Hall so they could retire as Bears, and an emotional ceremony capped careers rich in highlight-reel material for the former second-round draft picks.

For Hester it might mean a spot someday in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“Every athlete wants to be in the Hall of Fame,” Hester said. “If there’s one out there that says they don’t really care about it, then they’re playing the wrong sport.”

No other player is in the Hall based solely on returns, but Hester’s league record of 20 touchdown returns could make him a candidate. He had 14 punt return TDs, five on kickoffs and one on a missed field goal.jets_107

Baker Mayfield: Transition to NFL offense ‘a matter of terminology’

Baker Mayfield vows it won’t be difficult to leave the silliness in the past.

“It’s an easy decision to make,” Mayfield said Friday, one day after the Cleveland Browns made him the first pick in the NFL draft. “It’s a blessing to have the responsibility and be in this position. So for me, it’s a simple choice to make the right decisions.”

“As competitive as I am, I don’t have to show it all the time. I can use that for behind the scenes when nobody’s around, the film, the hours you put in.”

Mayfield chose his Browns jersey number on Friday. The team released video of the quick affair.

Amid his success at Oklahoma, which included having the second-best passing efficiency mark (175.4) in FBS history, Mayfield also created obstacles for himself — an arrest for public intoxication in Arkansas; the situation against Kansas, which led to him being stripped of his captaincy the following game; plus other instances of taunting opponents before and after games, including a road win at Ohio State.

“Stuff like that, in between the lines, I’ll be very competitive,” he said, “but the other stuff, obviously, it can’t happen. I know that.”

The Cubs won Game 7 of that Series in Cleveland for their first championship since 1908. While the significance of the latest victory didn’t come close to matching that, the Chicago players were reminded of it everywhere they turned.

“I like to think about the World Series, especially about all of the adversity we faced,” Schwarber said. “That was the moment we all live for, and we want to get back to it.”

Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, who doubled and scored in the second, was excited about the return.

“Just walking off the bus, into the stadium, you get a sense of nostalgia,” he said. “The first thing I noticed when we got in the clubhouse was they replaced the carpet, which was nice. I think we messed it up pretty good. I was thinking about that great memory, walking around with my World Series champion shirt on.”

Even the weather was similar. Game 7 was delayed by rain in the 10th inning shortly before Chicago took the lead. This matchup was played in a steady rain that began before the first pitch.

The Cubs won three games in Cleveland’s ballpark during the 2016 Series and continued the trend against Josh Tomlin (0-3), who allowed all four homers. Schwarber connected leading off the second and fourth. Willson Contreras went deep in the third and Ian Happ homered in the fourth.jets_261

John Elway may take a quarterback, won’t decide until draft day

Broncos G.M. John Elway says signing Case Keenum in free agency won’t preclude using the fifth overall pick in the draft on a quarterback.

“That’ll be wide open,” Elway told Adam Schefter. “I’m betting we won’t know what direction we’re going to go until probably the day of [the first round] or the day before.”

Miami’s needs include just about everything on defense, led by tackle, outside linebacker and safety. Its luxury pick would be leaning toward a future alternative to Ryan Tannehill at QB should UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Wyoming’s Josh Allen or Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield still be available when it’s on the clock.

Because the Dolphins would improve with any “best player available,” a trade up the board is unlikely. In the more unlikely event Barkley free-falls to No. 11, it would be logical for Miami to trade out of the pick in order to help address multiple needs. Besides, Kenyan Drake showed enough promise in taking over for Jay Ajayi last season for the Dolphins to think he can fly in a featured role from the get-go in 2018. And the signing of Frank Gore probably confirms no Barkley to Miami.

Humboldt, which began play in 1970, has missed the playoffs just once since its 1980 season — in 2015-16 — and has had eight alums reach the NHL.

“Our hearts go out to the players and their families of the Humboldt Broncos,” Dallas Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said after Friday night’s game. “… That overrides anything that a hockey game had. It’s a tough situation for everybody in Saskatchewan, and we feel for them.”

Even after trading for Cordy Glenn, the Bengals shouldn’t shy away from drafting an offensive tackle early. With Andy Dalton set for another year as the starter, Cincinnati needs to protect him as much as possible.bills_062

Pat Riley: LeBron ‘did the right thing’ when he left Miami

Miami Heat president Pat Riley is notoriously selective in terms of media availability and has said very little regarding the very public departure of LeBron James from Miami in 2014 as a free agent.

But in author Ian Thomsen’s new book, “The Soul of Basketball: The Epic Showdown between LeBron, Kobe, Doc and Dirk that Saved the NBA,” the normally reticent Riley opens up with a number of scintillating details regarding his relationship with James — including suggesting that in the infancy of LeBron’s tenure with the Heat, LeBron nudged Riley toward descending from the front office to replace coach Erik Spoelstra.

The Saints say they like what they see from Hill as a quarterback, but actions — like signing Savage to compete for the backup role — speak louder than words. New Orleans is making no secret about its effort to go all in for at least one more Super Bowl run with Brees, but that doesn’t mean the team can’t set itself up for the future in the process. The future Hall of Famer remains lethal as a passer, but he’ll turn 40 after this season.

Baltimore signed Griffin in free agency as the team hopes he is turns out to be a better backup option than Ryan Mallett was last season. Flacco, though, is 33 and has dealt with a variety of injuries over the last few years; he has three years remaining on his current contract, with a potential out after the 2019 season. With injury concerns surrounding both their starter and their backup, the Ravens could draft a quarterback for depth insurance and, potentially, an eventual replacement for Flacco.

However, Mehta tweeted this morning that Allen will, in fact, meet with the Jets at Florham Park, so we still do not really know if the two sides will summit again. The Jets did recently go to Wyoming to have a private workout with Allen, so it could be that they have enough intel on the signal-caller to make an informed decision. After all, as of last season, the Jets were believed to have done more work on Allen than any other club.

At the very least, New York may not be considering Sam Darnold as strongly as Allen, Baker Mayfield, and Josh Rosen. The Jets are not planning to meet privately with the USC product, either at their facility or elsewhere.

With Ryan Suter (ankle surgery) shelved until next fall, Matt Dumba sits head and shoulders above his fellow blueliners as top power-play anchor. The 23-year-old defenseman has been especially productive these past few weeks with 16 points since March 1.bills_050

Giants ready to work with Eli Apple’s “God-given ability most people don’t have”

It wasn’t so long ago that Eli Apple‘s days with the Giants appeared numbered, but changes to the coaching staff have provided the cornerback with a new start in New York.

“Day one is Monday and every guy that walks in that room, day one is Monday,” Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher said, via quotes distributed by the team. “So, whatever happened before, whether it was here or whether it was with a different team, guys that we draft, whether it was in college, whatever it was that has happened with guys, day one is Monday. Day one is the first day those guys walk in the building, and we’re going to build from there.”

Fitzpatrick’s age is the only reason the Bucs are not in better shape than the 49ers QB-wise. As Tampa stands now, with the 35-year-old Fitzpatrick bringing experience to his backup role behind Winston, it has a solid argument for the most reliable 1-2 combo in the league. That will change when Fitzpatrick’s contract expires and the Bucs have to pay Winston the starting QB money he deserves.

There have been reports that Beckham does not plan to step foot on the field until he has a contract extension, so the fact that he is not completely avoiding the team during the offseason is a positive sign.

Last July, he had another bone removed from the same ankle, the os trigonum.

Both were 10-to-15 minute procedures that have been much easily to deal with than the February 2016 shoulder labrum surgery that cost him an entire season.

“That one hurt,” Bird said “This one’s easy. The shoulder I worried about. That (rehab) went so long. This is cake compared to the shoulder. With the shoulder you’re like,’Damn, will I get back?’ You’re told you will, but there are some days going through the rehab process where you’re like,’Damn, this is different.’ But the two ankles I’ve had,… they just took a bone out. So that was fine.” bills_034

New York Giants: 5 takeaways from the first day of offseason program

New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur hoped each and every one of his players would be in attendance Monday morning as the team kicked off its voluntary offseason program in East Rutherford.

Odell Beckham Jr., Eli Manning and Nate Solder were there.

As for Collins, he was also asked about his contract status. His rookie deal expires this season.

“I’m just letting it just work itself out,” Collins said. “I’m not really going through the negotiating part. I’m going to leave that between Dave Gettleman and my agent and then go from there. From that point on, I’m just here trying to make new friends with my boys, new relationships and be a captain like I’ve always been.”

“You start back at zero, so everybody’s equal,” Campbell said in a phone interview, via ESPN’s Michael DiRocco. “You have to earn the right to have the opportunity to make it to the playoffs. When people start picking you as the favorite and [predicting] what you should do, it’s kind of poison. You’re kind of relaxing and start believing you’re better than you are.”

Campbell went on to talk about how it happened back when he was with the Arizona Cardinals.

Outside of San Jose’s Brent Burns, defenseman Dustin Byfuglien might loom as the West’s most dominant fantasy blueliner. We’re just a little concerned about the young fella between the pipes. No question, Connor Hellebuyck has been outstanding for the Jets in recent play and all season long, but he completely lacks in NHL playoff experience. There’s no guarantee the 24-year-old isn’t overwhelmed by the pressure.bills_002

Chad is coming in hot with the non-sequitur two-parter.

Like most people, I deal with day-to-day job frustrations, but I do my best to not let them impact me. Would I like it if my texts and calls were always returned? Sure. Would I like more access to the people I cover? Absolutely. But many of these things are outside of my control and I gain nothing by being upset about it. I do my best with the resources I have available.

It’s probably a bit higher now, given he has another year of seasoning under his belt, but he hasn’t had the opportunity to show his talents in a meaningful situation, outside of five passes late in a loss to Baltimore, one of which was intercepted.

All that to say, no, no one is going to be asking for Rudock in a deal that involves moving up in the first round. He could conceivably net a Day 3 pick, but until I see Matt Cassel’s contract, I’m not convinced the Lions are giving up on the idea of the former Michigan standout backing up Matthew Stafford again in 2018.

It will be more about tweaks than an overhaul. The most significant changes will come with the blocking. Patricia also hinted to some variance in situational play-calling, which I would especially expect to see on third-and-short with Blount in the fold.

That’s probably the most cynical way to view the offseason.

My understanding is players are not allowed to interact with coaches on football-related matters (scheme, play books, etc..) until Phase 2 of the offseason program in May.

Background for those who don’t follow me on Twitter, a friend came through with a ticket to the NCAA championship game in San Antonio on Monday. I flew down the day of the game and for the 50 or so hours I was in the state of Texas, I committed to eating tacos for every meal. In hindsight, it was the right decision.rams_035

Struggling Yankees’ Gary Sanchez says he’s fine, numbers disagree

BOSTON a Watch Yankees beat reporter Brendan Kuty explain that while struggling catcher Gary Sanchez says that he’s hitting the ball well, the numbers don’t quite bear that out.

Sanchez entered Wednesday night’s game hitting .053 with a home run in 36 at-bats this season.

A lot of the tests have come back negative so far but we’re still waiting on a number of things that he’s still going through that will be hopefully start to get answers trickling in moreso today, tomorrow and beyond. Nothing more to report.

Could Aaron Hicks (strained right intercostal) rejoin the Yankees on Thursday?

Possibly, yeah. Everything went well last night, 3 at-bats. The plan is for him to play nine innings tonight and then if all goes well there I think there is a chance he could join us tomorrow. We’ll make that evaluation at the end of the night.

“But, when you talk to some of these teams now, they no longer believe he’s going to be dealt. The fact that he showed up for the start of OTAs on Monday, they’ve begun their offseason program with him in attendance.

“The Rams have solved a wide receiver need with the acquisition of Brandin Cooks [from the New England Patriots]. It leads other teams to believe, from their conversations with the Giants and their own observations, that Odell Beckham Jr. will not be traded,” Schefter said.

What might a Beckham contract look like for NYG?

There was speculation Beckham could be dealt after a video showed him in a Paris hotel room with substances that appeared to be drugs. That was followed by a report that he would hold out without a new contract.

In between, Giants owner John Mara said he was suffering from Beckham fatigue .

“I’m tired of answering questions about Odell’s behavior and what the latest incident is,” Mara said. “I think he knows what we expect of him. Now it’s up to him. I still believe he’ll be able to show him what we expect of him.”rams_002