Matthew Collins

Matthew Collins

Teaching Assistant (Italian)
Matthew Collins

Office Hours (Fall 2017): Wednesdays, 2-4pm; Fogg Museum - Calderwood Courtyard

Research Interests: Medieval and modern Italian cultural history; Illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy

Dissertation Topic

Text and Image in Dante's Commedia and its Early Modern Illustrations (1481-1596)

My dissertation examines the early printed illustrated editions of Dante's Commedia, from 1481-1596. It explores the presence-- and absence-- of direct genealogical links between these engravings and the illuminated manuscripts and drawings of the Commedia that precede them. It also discusses the narratological implications of and the varying approaches to the transition from text to image among these volumes, and it examines what we can learn about early modern readers of Dante's poem through a study of the production and the use of these particular illustrated editions.

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