Bibliotheca Dantesca is an international peer-reviewed open-access 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 seeking articles for its fourth volume, to be published in December 2021. The journal welcomes contributions that investigate the work of Dante and its reception from a wide interdisciplinary perspective. To celebrate the 700th anniversary of his death, Bibliotheca Dantesca invites essays related to the reception of Dante through the centuries, from the late Middle Ages to modern times, and from a variety of perspectives, including Mediterranean studies, gender studies, history of emotion, African-American studies, material text, influence on nationalism, “Italianity,” digital humanities, environmental studies, to mention a few.
All submissions should be in English. The submission deadline for consideration in our fourth volume (2021) is 30 June 2021.
For information and inquiries contact bibliothecadantesca@sas.upenn.edu
See here the Guidelines.
To Submit your article, click on "Submit Article" on the left.

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David Wallace, University of Pennsylvania


Eva Del Soldato, University of Pennsylvania

Mauro Calcagno, University of Pennsylvania

Managing Editors

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

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

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


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

Giuseppe Bruno-Chomin, University of Pennsylvania (brunjo@sas.upenn.edu)

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

Massimiliano Lorenzon, University of Pennsylvania (masl@sas.upenn.edu)

Eleanor Webb, University of Pennsylvania (elwebb@sas.upenn.edu)