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Douglas Biow, Director MEZ 3.126, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-3470

Spring 2007

EUS 361 • Dante-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35855 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
HRH 2.112
Raffa, G

Course Description

The Divine Comedy offers a remarkable panorama of the late Middle Ages through one man's poetic vision of the afterlife. However, we continue to read and study the poem not only to learn about the thought and culture of medieval and early modern Europe but also because many of the issues confronting Dante and his age are no less important to individuals and societies today. Personal and civic responsibilities, governmental accountability, church-state relations, economics and social justice, Dante's influence on artists and other writers, benefits and limitations of interdisciplinarity--these are some of the themes that will frame our discussion of the Divine Comedy. Although you will read the poem in English, a bilingual edition will enable you to study and learn famous lines in the original Italian

Grading Policy

1500-word essay on the Inferno: 15% Major rewrite of this essay (1500 words) based on teacher comments: 20% Written responses to study questions (1500-2000 words): 20% In-class examination on Purgatorio and Paradiso: 20% Quizzes (3): 15% Class participation: 10% Regular attendance is required: No student who misses more than 6 classes (3 weeks) for any reason can complete the course with a passing grade. Contains a Substantial Writing Component. No final examination.


Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso (Trans. Allen Mandelbaum) Vita Nuova (Trans. Barbara Reynolds) A Pocket Style Manual (Hacker)


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