E 322 • Dante
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
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, the tenuous balance between freedom of expression and censorship--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.
The course is taught in English.
Three 6-page essays 50%
Five in-class quizzes 25%
Regular attendance and informed participation in class discussions 25%
(More than 3 absences will automatically lower your participation grade)
Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso (Trans. Allen Mandelbaum)
Vita Nuova (Trans. Barbara Reynolds)
ON RESERVE (PCL): A New Life of Dante (Bemrose), Foundation Sacrifice in Dante's "Commedia" (Quinones), The Undivine "Comedy" (Barolini), The Cambridge Companion to Dante (Jacoff, ed.), Dante: The Poetics of Conversion (Freccero), Divine Dialectic (Raffa)