The “use” of Dante in Fascist Italy is at the center of the paper, which presents the case of architects Lingeri and Terragni’s unfulfilled project of a Mussolinesque Temple to Dante in Rome, the Danteum, approved in 1938 on the same day of the anti-Semitic laws. The Danteum’s project needs to be analyzed at the intersection between the literary field of Dante studies and the socio-ideological context, taking into consideration as well its aftermath in German concentration and extermination camps, and the Axis invasion of the U.S.S.R. I argue that an unprejudiced examination of such diverse phenomena should stimulate a likewise unprejudiced critique of the “inevitability” of Dante, alerting the modern reader to the non-neutrality of a contemporary use of Dante’s grand encyclopedia and great poetry. In fact, during the Twentieth century, Dante has consistently represented an occasion for a troublesome reflection on power, on collective identity, and on intellectual authority.
|Titolo:||The Danteum, from Rome to Ravensbrück. Fascism, modernism, dantism: rise and fall of an “imperial” Dante|
|Data di pubblicazione:||28-mar-2015|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore L-FIL-LET/10 - Letteratura Italiana|
|Enti collegati al convegno:||Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin|
|Citazione:||The Danteum, from Rome to Ravensbrück. Fascism, modernism, dantism: rise and fall of an “imperial” Dante / M. Marazzi. ((Intervento presentato al 61. convegno Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting tenutosi a Berlino nel 2015.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||14 - Intervento a convegno non pubblicato|