Dante’s Divine Comedy
ITAL 333-401, Cross Listed with: COML-333
BFS Sector III
In this course we will read the Inferno, the Purgatorio and the Paradiso, focusing on a series of interrelated problems raised by the poem: authority, fiction, history, politics and language.
Particular attention will be given to how the Commedia presents itself as Dante’s autobiography, and to how the autobiographical narrative serves as a unifying thread for this supremely rich literary text.
Supplementary readings will include Virgil’s Aeneid and selections from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Italian or Italian Studies credit will require reading Italian texts in their original language and doing the written assignments in Italian.