As is traditional for Italy's national poet, the centennial celebrations of Dante's death (1321-2021) have marked an enlarged engagement of the general public, way beyond the specialists' interest. Coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic, the quantity and quality of Dante web resources created or revamped for the occasion was impressive. This talk aims to offer a general survey of such initiatives, in the light of the ever-present "pop" reception of the Comedy and the frequent "gadgetization" of Dante, but with special attention paid to digital libraries.
After teaching at some length in Dublin, Oxford and Verona, Michelangelo Zaccarello is professor of Filologia italiana at the University of Pisa: his main research areas are the textual scholarship of early Italian literary texts, mainly comic verse and short stories (with critical editions of Burchiello, Pulci, Sacchetti), and digital philology. He has spent visiting terms in several North-American universities (Berkeley, Tucson, Indiana, Notre Dame, Toronto) and in European ones: Cambridge (UK), Helsinki (Finland), Nitra (Slovakia), Lausanne (Switzerland). Of his more than a hunderd publications, many appeared outside Italy: Belgium, Estonia, France, Finland, UK, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, USA. Amongst his recently published volumes on textual scholarship: L’edizione critica del testo letterario (Mondadori 2017), Teoria e forme del testo digitale (Carocci 2019), Leggere senza libri. Conoscere gli e-book di letteratura italiana (Cesati 2020).
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