ITAL-374 Dante: The Vision and the Poet
Spring for 2014-2015
"The Divine Comedy" is the main focus of attention. How did Dante arrive at the complexly structured, polysemous vision he unfolds in the triform symmetry of Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso? How does the four-fold allegorical method of interpreting "The Comedy", recommended by Dante himself, help us to understand the reality of life in 14th-century Italy. Is the reading of "The Comedy" an exercise in literary curiosity or does it possess the power to affect modern readers in our own lived reality? In order to address these and similar concerns, we will read translated selections from other works by Dante and his contemporaries and consider reactions to "The Comedy" from such perceptive readers as Boccaccio and T.S. Eliot. "The Comedy" will be read in its entirety in English translation. Satisfies the second semester of the College Humanities and Writing General Education Requirement. Taught in English.
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