ITAL333 - DANTE'S DIVINE COMEDY: THROUGH HELL WITH LOVE

Section Description: 
In this course, we will start a journey through the Afterlife with Dante Alighieri, the most renowned poet of the Italian Middle Ages and his masterpiece, the Divine Comedy. We will visit Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise—Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso—and we will spend some time in company of some of the most relevant characters of his work. We will focus on issues of authority, fiction, history, politics, language, philosophy, and art. Our class discussions will focus on specific passages of the Comedy, with the help of other texts both of antiquity and of the Middle Ages, that will allow us to enrich the conversation with stimuli from different angles and points of view. We will reflect on how this work fits in the Italian and Western European society of the Middle Ages, and how the Divine Comedy resonates with contemporary world. Why do we read Dante almost seven hundred years after his death? We will, therefore, read the Commedia as Dante’s autobiography, in relation to its historical and cultural context, and as a seminal text in world literature. Moreover, we will discuss its ties to music, visual arts, cinema, videogames, and pop culture in general. We will deal with themes such as Dante’s stance on gender, other religions, homosexuality and transsexuality, politics. All readings and written works will be in English. Italian or Italian Studies credit will require reading Italian texts in their original language and doing the written assignments in Italian.
Instructors: 
SASSI, MARIO
Day and Time: 
MW 0200PM-0330PM
Room: 
WILLIAMS HALL 306
Section ID: 
ITAL333401
Title (text only): 
DANTE'S DIVINE COMEDY: THROUGH HELL WITH LOVE
Subject Area: 
ITAL
Term: 
2020A
Term Session: 
0
Activity: 
SEM
Course Number Only: 
333
Section Number Only: 
401
Cross Listings: 
    Status: 
    O
    Course ID: 
    ITAL333