Bibliotheca Dantesca is an international peer-reviewed journal dedicated to Dante studies. The journal represents the result of a productive collaboration between the students of Penn’s Italian Studies doctoral program, who were its first promoters, the faculty in the program, the Center for Italian Studies, and the Penn Libraries. The journal's purpose is to produce scholarship that investigates the work of Dante and its reception in a widely interdisciplinary perspective. At Penn, the Italian Studies program and the Center actively collaborate in organizing events devoted to Dante, such as the Imelde Della Valle Lectures, Lecturae Dantis, talks, conferences, concerts, films, and theatrical performances. The Department of Romance Languages, of which the Italian Studies program is a section, regularly offers courses devoted to Dante and his world, in conjunction with the interdisciplinary program in Global Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Bibliotheca Dantesca thus consolidates the strong commitment of Penn and its Italian Studies community to Dante scholarship in a timely way, by starting its publication celebrating Dante's birth, and also looking ahead to the 2021 anniversary of his death.

Eva Del Soldato and Mauro Calcagno

Call for Articles

The online peer-reviewed journal Bibliotheca Dantesca is calling for articles for its third volume, to be published on December 2020. The journal welcomes contributions that investigate the work of Dante and its reception in a wide interdisciplinary perspective. We invite essays related to traditional areas of study but also to digital humanities, material culture, Mediterranean studies, history of emotions, gender studies, etc.
To submit an article please click on "Submit Article" on the left.
Submissions in English are strongly encouraged. The submission deadline is 30 June 2020.
For information and inquiries contact bibliothecadantesca@sas.upenn.edu

Current Volume: Volume 1 (2018) Dante and Music

This inaugural issue of Bibliotheca Dantesca features articles derived from a conference on "Dante and Music" that was held at the University of Pennsylvania on November 5-6, 2015, to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the poet's birth. The essays in this collection explore both the presence of music in Dante's works and the reception of his poetry in musical repertoires throughout the centuries.



David Heinsen


David Wallace, University of Pennsylvania


Eva Del Soldato, University of Pennsylvania

Mauro Calcagno, University of Pennsylvania

Editor of vol. 1

Vanessa Di Maggio, University of Pennsylvania (vanessad@sas.upenn.edu)

Managing Editors

Natale Vacalebre, University of Pennsylvania (natalev@sas.upenn.edu)

Mario Sassi, University of Pennsylvania (marsassi@sas.upenn.edu)


Juliette Bellacosa, University of Pennsylvania (jbellaco@sas.upenn.edu)

Tommaso De Robertis, University of Pennsylvania (derob@sas.upenn.edu)

Giulio Genovese, University of Pennsylvania (giuliog@sas.upenn.edu)

Nathalie Lacarriere, University of Pennsylvania (nlacar@sas.upenn.edu)