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.

Celtics strong out of the break, rout Pistons 110-98

Daniel Theis did his part to add to Germany’s big day.

The Boston rookie scored a career-high 19 points to lift the Celtics to a 110-98 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. Afterward, Theis tried to bring some attention to a surprising Olympic victory for his native country.

“It’s a good day for me. Germany beat Canada in hockey, we won here, so I’m happy,” Theis said. “When I was at breakfast and (assistant coach) Scott Morrison walked in, I was just smiling, because he’s from Canada.”

Blake Griffin scored 17 points for Detroit but shot just 5 of 19 from the field.

Theis eclipsed his previous career high of 12 points. He played an important role after Aron Baynes, the starting center for the Celtics, went to the locker room in the first half with a left elbow injury. Baynes played only 2:39.

Ish Smith made his first eight shots and finished with 20 points for the Pistons. Detroit led 39-37 in the second quarter before a 21-5 run by Boston. The Celtics were ahead 61-49 at halftime.

Timberlake has done this before — he was the halftime performer for the 2004 Super Bowl in Houston between the Patriots and Carolina Panthers. Yes, that’s the same year the infamous wardrobe malfunction with him and Janet Jackson took place in front of millions of people. Timberlake has made it clear he won’t be doing anything like that again on Sunday:

“It’s just one of those things where you go, like, ‘Yeah, what do you want me to say?’ We’re not going to do that again,” Timberlake told Lowe.

”I stumbled through it. To be quite honest, I had my wires crossed. It’s just something that you have to look back on and go, ‘OK, well, you can’t change what’s happened, but you can move forward and learn from it.”

Timberlake released a new album, Man Of The Woods, earlier this year, but aside from his single “Filthy,” he’ll probably mix some of his classic songs into the performance. And given that Minneapolis is the hometown of Prince, who passed away in 2016, it wouldn’t be a surprise if there was some sort of tribute to the past Super Bowl performer, as well.bears_092-223x223

The Dutch have positively owned the speedskating events at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

On Sunday, they’ll have the chance to add to their pile of gold medals in what’s arguably the country’s strongest event.

It wouldn’t be the first time — Jorien ter Mors squeaked by Kodaira to earn gold in the 1000m race.

As you can imagine, the talent pool wasn’t always that great. But that isn’t why the format was altered the first time. The lockout in the 1998-99 season changed everything for the Rookie Challenge. The game was cancelled and the rookies from the 1998 season didn’t get a chance to compete.

Maia and Alex are set for 18th in the short program order. Right after them is the American team of Madison Chock and Evan Bates. The third and final U.S. team is Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, who will start 22nd out of 24 pairings.

“We were kind of waiting for something good to happen and nothing good happened and we weren’t able to overcome that,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said.

Such sloppy play stood in stark contrast to the efficiency the Jazz (30-29) showed during their lengthy winning streak. Utah averaged 13.6 turnovers per game in that stretch and the Jazz tallied 19 turnovers combined over their two most recent wins.

After dealing with injuries to several players, the Rangers are starting to get healthier. Veteran defenseman Marc Staal, out since Feb. 3 with a strained neck, will return against the Canadiens and be paired with Anthony DeAngelo. Vigneault said forward Chris Kreider (blood clot) also is close to returning, but he will not make the trip to Montreal. The coach said defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk (knee), Ryan McDonagh (upper body) and Pavelec have all started skating as they work their way back and also will remain in New York.

Defenseman Rob O’Gara, acquired from Boston on Tuesday in the deal that sent Nick Holden to the Bruins, will make his Rangers debut against the Canadiens. The 24-year-old will be paired with fellow rookie John Gilmour.jaguars_004-223x223

Several Eagles players have said they will not attend the traditional Super Bowl champions’ visit to the White House.

As cleanup from the celebrations in Philadelphia continued Monday, some Eagles players had business of their own to handle, declaring they would not visit President Donald Trump at the White House.

Safety Malcolm Jenkins, a leader in the player’s coalition that has met with NFL officials about social justice issues, explained his reasons Monday to CNN.

There has long been precedent for athletes skipping championship commemorations at the White House; Celtics legend Larry Bird once passed on a visit with President Ronald Reagan at the White House, saying, “If the president wants to see me, he knows where to find me.” Yet they’ve become more common, and source of controversy, during President Trump’s time in office.

The Patriots attended last year’s celebration, although a sizable number of players were missing. The NBA champion Golden State Warriors opted not to accept their invitation last year when the president uninvited Stephen Curry for his comments on the president. The NCAA basketball champion Tar Heels did not attend a commemoration because of a “scheduling conflict.”

Conspiracy theories involving the Patriots have jumped the shark. Each cycle is more absurd than the last, and it has mutated into something almost as painful as the Patriots’ long-term success is for many.

New England’s 24-20 victory over Jacksonville in the AFC title game amplified the theories, and by now you know the routine. Max Kellerman questioned the officials on ESPN’s “First Take.” Memes of smiling referees and detailed video compilations of how the Patriots cheat were generated in excess after Brady led a fourth-quarter comeback. The narrative was scripture long before CNN’s Jake Tapper branded the Patriots “cheaters.” That’s how broad the reach of the perception runs.

When you put it all together, it’s a bunch of loose strands that stretch too far off the field. The Patriots won the game. Moreover, the Jaguars lost the game. Jacksonville choked, plain and simple.patriots_050_432816d500d73104-180x180