Sandow Birk, "Inferno," 2003, oil on canvas.Detail from “Dante and the Three Kingdoms” by Domenico di Michelino, 1465, oil on canvas."Paradise" (Par. 10) by Giovanni di Paolo, 1444-ca. 1450, illuminated manuscript.Odilon Redon, "Dante et Beatrice" and "La Vision de Dante," ca. 1914, watercolor on paper.Detail from "Beatrice Addressing Dante" (Purg. 30: 60-146) by William Blake, 1824-27, ink and watercolor on paper.Friedrich Geselschap, compositions on Dante, ca. 1853, pen and ink on paper.Detail from "La Barque de Dante," Eugène Delacroix, 1822, oil on canvas.


The mission of the Dante Society of America is to promote the study and appreciation of the time, life, works and cultural legacy of Dante Alighieri. Please follow the navigational links on our website to learn more about our history, activities, and current initiatives.

News and Events

Videorecordings of the University of Oregon Symposium, "Translation in Dante: Dante in Translation," held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Dante Society of America on May 5-6, 2017, are now available. Please see the program for links to the session recordings.

On March 23, 2017, the Dante Society of America and the Società Dantesca Italiana signed a partnership agreement to collaborate on the production of a new, bilingual version of the Bibliografia Dantesca Internazionale/International Dante Bibliography, with enhanced search capabilities. By the end of 2017, this powerful bibliographical instrument will integrate the materials published in our annual American Dante Bibliography, which will also continue to appear separately here. Please refer to the partnership announcement for further details.

Submissions are currently being sought for the annual Dante Prize for the best undergraduate essay on Dante and the Charles Hall Grandgent Award for the best graduate student essays. The deadlines for both prizes is June 30, 2017. Nominations and self-nominations for the second annual Robert M. Durling Prize for excellence in teaching Dante at the secondary level are also being sought. The deadline for nominations in July 1, 2017. Please see the Prizes and Awards section of our website for details.

The Durling Prize Fund

The DSA Council and the family of our late and much lamented colleague Robert M. Durling invite members and friends of the Dante Society to assist in supporting an annual prize that recognizes excellence in the teaching of Dante’s life, time, and works by educators working in North American secondary schools. Read more about the prize and contribute online.