British Croatian Society On line Series of Talks in association with AMAC - Ruđer Bošković, Dinko Ranjina and a book of poetry in the Bodleian Library, Oxford
In the Bodleian Library at Oxford there is an especially well-preserved copy of Dinko Ranjina’s Pjesni razlike (Diverse poems), published in Florence in 1563. Inside the copy there are several loose leaves of handwritten material from which it is clear that this copy was in the eighteenth century examined by the celebrated scholar Ruđer Bošković.
The talk will present the story of this volume, its journey to Oxford, and offer an insight into Bošković’s reaction to the contents of the book.
Dinko Ranjina (Dubrovnik 1536 – 1607), was a distinguished representative of Renaissance literature in Dubrovnik. His fellow-citizen, Ruđer Bošković (Dubrovnik 1711 – Milan 1787), a physicist, mathematician and philosopher of Europe-wide renown, hardly needs an introduction.
Our speaker is Dr Bojan Bujić who graduated in English Literature and Musicology in Yugoslavia before moving to England in 1963. He completed his doctorate at the University of Oxford, and has since taught at the University of Reading and the University of Oxford. His primary research interests are Italian Renaissance literature and music, the aesthetics of music, and Austrian Modernism.