In his February 23 talk, Ginzburg argues that the double meaning of the word “reproduction”—biological reproduction, on the one hand; replication of objects, on the other—provides a fruitful approach to some of the crucial themes of Dante’s Inferno, as well as to Dante’s reflection on his own work.
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Carlo Ginzburg (born 1939) has taught at the University of Bologna, at UCLA, and at the Scuola Normale of Pisa. His books, translated into more than twenty languages, include The Night Battles; The Cheese and the Worms; Clues, Myths, and the Historical Method; The Enigma of Piero della Francesca; History, Rhetoric, and Proof; The Judge and the Historian; Wooden Eyes; No Island is an Island; Threads and Traces; Fear Reverence Terror: Five Essays in Political Iconography; and Nondimanco. Machiavelli, Pascal. He received the Aby Warburg Prize (1992), the Humboldt-Forschungs Prize (2007), and the Balzan Prize for the History of Europe, 1400-1700 (2010).