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

Spring 2004

ITC 349 • DANTE - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36835 MWF
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
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, 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 and contains a substantial writing component.

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

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: 20%
Class preparation and participation: 25%

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.




Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso (Trans. Allen Mandelbaum)

Vita Nuova (Trans. Barbara Reynolds)

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