Apr 21

Faculty Author Talk: Translating Villani's Nuova Cronica

3:30pm - 5:00pm Online Event

About This Event

Poster for CIC event April 2021

Giovanni Villani’s Nuova Cronica is one of the great monuments of 14th century historical writing in Italy. Written in vernacular Italian, the chronicle traces the rise to glory of the chronicler’s city of Florence. And yet, towards the end of the work, Villani describes a period of crisis – struggles against external enemies, urban uprisings, natural disasters, bank failures, a brief experience of tyranny, and the impending plague of 1348. 

Professor Rala Diakité (Humanities) and her colleague Matthew Sneider (UMass Dartmouth), who engaged in a multivolume translation of the Nuova Cronica with Medieval Institute Press, will introduce this impressive work, highlighting their work of translation – challenges and choices – as well as Villani's language of crisis.

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