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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Spring 2007

ITC 349 • DANTE - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36835 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
HRH 2.112

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, literary and artistic influences, 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 and contains a substantial writing component.

Danteworlds ( You are expected to use this multimedia Web site, created specifically for the course, to prepare for class, answer study questions, and review for the exam.

Grading Policy

Responses to Inferno questions (1250 word minimum): 10%
Responses to Purgatorio questions (1250 word minimum): 10%
Responses to Paradiso questions (1250 word minimum): 10%
Essay Proposal (500-750 words): 5%
Peer Review (500-750 words): 5%
Formal Literary Essay: 6-8 pages (1500-2000 words): 25%
In-Class Midterm Examination: 15%
Class Preparation and Participation: 20%
No final exam.


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


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