Dante’s Divine Comedy
Instructor: Prof. Maggie Fritz-Morkin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dante’s Divine Comedy introduces English-speaking undergraduates to Dante’s three-part vision of the afterlife, which he wrote amidst the socio-political upheaval of Florence at the turn of the 14th century. At once an homage to ancient authors, a scathing tabloid of contemporary Italy, a sublime love story, a hallucinatory dream-vision, and an encyclopedia of theological and scientific knowledge, the Comedy invites many kinds of interpretation. Through lectures, small group discussions, contact with manuscripts in Wilson Library’s Special Collections, and coursework, students will address the following questions: How does Dante’s Comedy express his political, ethical, religious, and aesthetic values? Why does Dante respond to political and personal crises through poetry? How can we unfold the layers of meaning in a complex, wide-ranging text? How have images reinterpreted Dante’s masterpiece in different historical moments? Assignments will ask students to engage with Dante’s magnum opus in a variety of ways that are both analytic and creative.
Fulfills Literary Arts (LA) and World Before 1750 (WB) General Education requirements
Counts as elective for Italian Major and Minor