Ariosto, the Orlando Furioso and English Culture, 1516-2016

Ariosto, the Orlando Furioso and English Culture, 1516-2016
Thursday 28 & Friday 29 April 2016, 9.30am - 5.00pm
The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

Professor Jane Everson, Royal Holloway University of London
Professor Andrew Hiscock, Bangor University
Dr Stefano Jossa, Royal Holloway University of London

April 2016 marks the fifth centenary of the publication of the first edition of Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso. Translated into English in the 1590s by Sir John Harington, godson of Elizabeth I, the influence of Ariosto’s poem can be traced in literature, music and the visual arts, from Spenser and Milton to modern media adaptations. To celebrate this landmark centenary, and assess the impact of the poem on English culture over 500 years, a team of international scholars will discuss Ariosto’s poem through a consideration of editions and translations; critical reception; rewritings and adaptations in different media, in particular opera.

Speakers include:
Professor Albert Russell Ascoli, University of California, Berkeley
Professor Lina Bolzoni FBA, Scuola Normale di Pisa
Professor Helen Cooper FBA, University of Cambridge
Dr Luca Degl’Innocenti, University of Leeds
Dr Marco Dorigatti, University of Oxford
Professor Nicola Gardini, University of Oxford
Associate Professor Tobias Gregory, Catholic University of America, Washington
Professor Daniel Javitch, New York University
Professor Dilwyn Knox, University College London
Professor Dennis Looney, MLA/University of Pittsburgh
Dr Ita Mac Carthy, University of Birmingham
Professor Peter Mack FBA, University of Warwick
Dr Maureen McCue, Bangor University
Professor Martin McLaughlin, University of Oxford
Dr Susan Oliver, University of Essex
Associate Professor Eleonora Stoppino, University of Illinois
Professor Nigel Vincent FBA, The University of Manchester

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