The Leeds Centre for Dante Studies was set up in 2007 by Dr. Matthew Treherne and Dr. Claire Honess, with the aim of raising research interest in and around the works of Dante Alighieri. As well as supporting students in their studies of the medieval poet,the LCDS also runs an annual undergraduate essay prize, open to students of Dante from across the UK.
Visit the official University of Leeds site for the LCDS at http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/info/40009/leeds_centre_for_dante_studies for up-to-date information about our Dante-related events and undergraduate study days, and also to download our podcasts.
The Leeds Dante Diaries was set up by Sarah Todd (i.e. me), a PhD student working on Dream Visions in Boccaccio and Petrarch, general admin-person for the LCDS, and blogger extraordinaire. My aim is to get students, academics, and anyone at all interested and engaging with Dante. I know from my own experiences of studying the Comedy that Dante can sometimes appear a bit overwhelming and impenetrable, but I’m going to attempt to make his works more accessible. However, I am but one woman and I need your help. I can’t do this single-handedly!
Please please please get in touch if you think of ANYTHING AT ALL that you would like to suggest/contribute to the blog, be it that you’ve been playing Dante’s Inferno on your X-Box and want to report back about how you’ve found it, or whether you’ve been to see L’enfer at the film festival and want to tell us how much you enjoyed it/hated it/was absolutely petrified of sinning because of it.
I’ll try to keep you all updated on what we’re up to in the LCDS. But in the meantime, feel free to add us on Facebook (search for ‘Leeds Centre for Dante Studies’) or follow us on Twitter (@leedsdante).
That’s all for now!