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By Giuseppe Mazzotta

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(ITAL 310) The course is an introduction to Dante and his cultural milieu through a critical reading of the Divine Comedy and selected minor works (Vita nuova, Convivio, De vulgari eloquentia, Epistle to Cangrande). An analysis of Dante's autobiography, the Vita nuova establishes the poetic and political circumstances of the Comedy's composition. Readings of Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise seek to situate Dante's work within the intellectual and social context of the late Middle Ages, with special attention paid to political, philosophical and theological concerns. Topics in the Divine Comedy explored over the course of the semester include the relationship between ethics and aesthetics; love and knowledge; and exile and history. This course was recorded in Fall 2008.

Customer Reviews

Wonderful and fun *^,^*

I read Inferno when I was very young. Getting to listen to the Professor is fantastic fun! :) He's wonderful! :) I'd love to take his class in real life. *^,^*


Wonderful and passionate. Thank You

solid but boring

If you are Catholic or a genre lit (fantasy sci fi) writer maybe check this class. But otherwise, your time is better spend just reading inferno. The reason Dante is rated so high is because he was endorsed by the Catholic Church.

If you want good reads in the general ballpark read Ovid's Metamorphosis and Cellini's autobiography. The Orlando epics are highly entertaining. If you are adventurous (and want someing that rocks), read Gargantua. If you are an occultnik, read Hypnerotomachia. etc.

this class is a solid mainstream take on dante.