The Department of French and Italian


Danteworlds, is an integrated multimedia journey--combining artistic images, textual commentary, and audio recordings--through the three realms of the afterlife (Inferno, Purgatory, Paradise) presented in Dante's Divine Comedy.   

The subject of an interview on the home page of the University of Texas at Austin, Danteworlds was selected for inclusion on EDSITEment in 2008 as "one of the best online resources for education in the humanities," and was featured in the literary blogs of the New Yorker (Jan. 8, 2009) and the Los Angeles Times (Jan. 14, 2009). 

Cover of Complete Danteworlds Cover of Danteworlds Inferno

The Danteworlds Web site contains an abridged version of the original commentary contained in The Complete Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the Divine Comedy (2009) and Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the Inferno (2007), both published by the University of Chicago Press. The Complete Danteworlds also features historical overviews of the three realms, plot summaries for each region (circles of Hell, terraces of Purgatory, spheres of Paradise), a chronology of major events in Dante's life, illustrations of the three realms, a map of Italy in the 13th Century, additional study questions, and an extensive bibliography (classical and medieval sources as well as modern studies and translations).

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