Upcoming Volumes


AdI 2020: Nation(s) and Translation

Norma Bouchard (San Diego State University) and Valerio Ferme (Northern Arizona University), Guest Editors

Essays are sought for a special issue of Annali d’Italianistica (2020) entitled “Nation(s) and Translation.” Contributions that explore how translation, as a cultural practice, has been inherently tied in Italian literary and cultural history to the politics of nationhood are welcome as are contextualized investigations and debates over the intersection of nation-building and translation by intellectuals from different periods of Italian cultural history.

Submission process:
Interested authors should submit as soon as possible a 200-300-word abstract of their research topic, outlining their theoretical approach and their paper’s focus.

All contributions will be refereed. Immediate inquiries and early submissions are most welcome. Deadline for submission is September 30, 2019. Publication: fall 2020. Essays, not to exceed 25 double-spaced pages (typically between 6,000 and 10,000 words), and can be written in Italian or English. They should conform to the style-sheet criteria set forth by Annali d’Italianistica for “Notes” and “Works Cited.”

Please send the abstract, contact details, a brief bio, and essay to both guest- editors’ email addresses:

Norma Bouchard: nbouchard@sdsu.edu
Valerio Ferme: Valerio.Ferme@nau.edu


AdI 2021: Dante 2021: Unholy and Holy Violence, Silence, Names, Words

To celebrate the seventh centenary of Dante’s death in 2021, AdI plans to devote its 39th monographic volume to the connections between Christ’s violent sacrifice—the sine qua non for Everyman’s salvation—and the poetic rendering of the Pilgrim’s journey from Hell to Purgatory and Paradise. To this purpose, the editors of the volume plan to organize several sessions at national and international conventions on the volume’s topic and welcome paper proposals on the following issues: the torments of the damned in Inferno as a parody of Christ’s salvific sacrifice; the sufferings of the purgatorial souls, who, contrary to those in Hell, shed no blood, as the manifestation of their full acceptance of Christ’s Redemption; and the singing, dancing, and splendor of the blessed in Heaven as the glorification of Christ’s redemptive death. Although not sharing in the torments of the souls in Hell, the Pilgrim actively participates in the purifications of Purgatory and in the joy of the blessed. Dante the Poet plies his poetic craft to describe appropriately the spiritual condition of the souls and the Pilgrim’s journey in the afterlife. Dante the Poet does not eschew—in fact, he embraces it realistically and/or metaphorically—the language of violence needed to narrate the experience of the souls and of the Pilgrim in his threefold journey. Thus, for instance, the two terms which Capaneus employs to describe realistically his own defeat by Jove, folgore and percuotere, are the same that Dante the Poet uses to describe metaphorically the Pilgrim’s vision of the Triune God in Paradise. Also, word(s) and silence(s) characterize the souls’ experiences and the Pilgrim’s voyage. Thus, Dante’s name—which, like Christ’s, is never written or uttered in Inferno—is pronounced once only, by Beatrice, in an accusatory manner in Purgatorio, and never in Paradiso, where his name is known to all the blessed and loved by them, thus becoming synonymous with the Augustinian definition of verbum: “cum amore notitia” (“knowledge with love,” De Trinitate 9: 10.15). The volume will appear in the fall of 2021. Interested scholars may contact any one of the volume’s guest editors:

Dino S. Cervigni (cervigni@unc.edu);

Christopher Kleinhenz (ckleinhe@wisc.edu);

Giuseppe Ledda (giuseppe.ledda@unibo.it);

Heather Webb (hmw53@cam.ac.uk).

The deadline for final submissions is the fall of 2020.