Guy P Raffa
Associate Professor — Ph.D., Indiana University
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 512-232-5492
- Office: HRH 3.104A
- Office Hours: TTH 1:45-3:15
- Campus Mail Code: B7600
Guy Raffa, originally from New York (Brooklyn and Eastern Long Island), has taught at UT since 1991. He holds a B.S. in mathematics and computer science from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from Indiana University. His primary scholarly field is medieval Italian literature—Dante above all—with a secondary interest in modern Italian authors, particularly Italo Calvino and Umberto Eco. In addition to articles and book-chapters, he has published three books: Divine Dialectic: Dante’s Incarnational Poetry (Toronto, 2000), Danteworlds: A Reader’s Guide to the "Inferno" (Chicago, 2007), and The Complete Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the "Divine Comedy"(Chicago, 2009). He won a gold award for innovative instructional technology with his Danteworlds Web site (2007) and has received a number of other awards and fellowships, including a President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award (2002) and a Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellowship (2009). For his current project on "Dante's Bones," he received a Humanities Research Award from the College of Liberal Arts (2009-12) and was awarded fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (2011-12) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (2012).
MDV 392M • Dante II
TTH 200pm-330pm BEN 1.106
(also listed as
ITL 390K )
Spring 2014 Dante II
ITL 390K (37580), crosslisted with MDV 392M (41745): TTH 2-3:30 in BEN 1.106
Guy Raffa, Dept. of French and Italian, HRH 3.104A; 232-5492
E-mail: email@example.com; Home page: http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~guyr
Course Conducted in English; Reading Knowledge of Italian Required
This course is the second half of a two-semester sequence focused on Dante’s Commedia and his other works. This semester we will read the second half of the Purgatorio (cantos 18-33), the Paradiso, books 2 and 4 of the Convivio, the De vulgari eloquentia, and the Eclogues. Placing our close reading of these texts within a series of literary, intellectual, and historical contexts, we will attend to Dante's engagement with works by classical authors (Virgil, Ovid, Lucan, Statius, Cicero) and other medieval poets, philosophers, and theologians. The Danteworlds commentary and the complementary Web site (http://danteworlds.laits.utexas.edu) will provide much of this background material and help guide your reading of the Commedia. Since a goal of the course is to become familiar with major voices in Dante Studies, our discussion of Dante's works will be informed by selected works of criticism (available on Canvas).
Twice during the semester you are required to write a short response essay—both descriptive and analytical—to one of these critical works. For your final research paper (25-30 pages, with full documentation) you are encouraged to revise and expand your paper from Dante I. You are expected to attend class regularly, to be well prepared, and to participate actively in class discussion.
Required Texts: Purgatorio (Garzanti, 2008); Paradiso (Garzanti, 2006); Convivio (Garzanti, 2005); De vulgari eloquentia (Cambridge, 1996).
Optional: The Complete Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the Divine Comedy (Chicago, 2009)
Assignments and Computation of Grade
Two 750-1000 word critical responses (10% each): 20%
Research project (paper and presentation): 50%
Class preparation and participation: 30%
Danteworlds Web Site
Welcome to Danteworlds
A multimedia journey--combining textual commentary, artistic images, and audio recordings--through the three realms (Inferno, Purgatory, Paradise) of Dante's Divine Comedy. This site contains, in addition to an abridged version of the original commentary in The Complete Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the Divine Comedy and Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the Inferno, Italian recordings of selected verses and a vast gallery of images depicting characters and scenes from the Divine Comedy. Like the books, the Danteworlds Web site is structured around a geographic representation of Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise--the three worlds of Dante's Divine Comedy.
Danteworlds is "an invaluable resource for specialists and novices alike," writes E. S. Hierl (Harvard University) in Choice Reviews Online, "the sort of multimedia experience that those in the digital humanities strive for" (August, 2010). 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).
"Calvino's Scientific Humanism," in Approaches to Teaching the Works of Italo Calvino, ed. Franco Ricci. New York: MLA, 2013. 37-41.
"A Beautiful Friendship: Dante and Vergil in the Commedia." MLN 127.1 (Supplement) (2012): 72-80.
"Eco's Scientific Imagination," in New Essays on Umberto Eco, ed. Peter Bondanella. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. 34-49.
The Complete Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the "Divine Comedy." Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009.
Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the "Inferno." Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.
"'Io amo New York': Calvino's Creatively Chaotic City," in Science and Literature in Italian Culture from Dante to Calvino, ed. Pierpaolo Antonello and Simon A. Gilson. Oxford: Legenda, 2004. 276-91.
"Dante's Poetics of Exile," Annali d'italianistica 20 (2002): 73-87.
Divine Dialectic: Dante's Incarnational Poetry. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000.
"Usury," "Greeks," and "Five Hundred Ten and Five." The Dante Encyclopedia. New York and London: Garland, 2000.
"Carlo Levi's Sacred Art of Medicine," Annali d'Italianistica 15 (1997): 203-20.
"Dante's Mocking Pastoral Muse," Dante Studies 114 (1996): 271-91.
"Eco and Calvino Reading Dante," Italica 73.3 (1996): 388-409.
"Dante's Beloved Yet Damned Virgil," in Dante's "Inferno": The Indiana Critical Edition, ed. Mark Musa. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995. 266-85.
"Enigmatic 56's: Cicero's Scipio and Dante's Cacciaguida," Dante Studies 110 (1992): 121-34.
"Love's Duplicity in the Vita Nuova," Italian Culture 10 (1992): 15-26.
"From Two's to Three's in Inferno II," Lectura Dantis 10 (1992): 91-108.
"La bestialità ne Il Decameron e due strutture contrapposte," The Rackham Journal of the Arts and Humanities (1991-92): 35-42.