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.

With the support of the Penn Libraries, Bibliotheca Dantesca 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, and the Center for Italian Studies. 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



David Heinsen


Kevin Brownlee, 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)