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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.

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I have always wondered what the Divine Comedy was all about. And who Dante was. Now I know thanks to this wonderful class. The lecturer is passionate, eloquent, and accessible. Highly recommended journey from Hell to Heaven without having to die!


Wonderful and passionate. Thank You

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. *^,^*