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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2006

E 322 • Dante

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33425 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
HRH 3.102A

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. The course is taught in English.

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 six classes (three weeks) for any reason can complete the course with a passing grade.


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

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)


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