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|LITR 1250 - Dante’s Inferno and Medieval Italian Culture|
Introduces an overview of Dante’s Commedia focusing on the first book, “Inferno,” read in English translation. Examines the descending stages of hell; their meanings; and their social, political, and historical relevance for Dante’s society. Dante’s Divina Commedia created a powerful world, one that had a deep meaning for both the author and the reader of that time. But can one so easily understand it as constructed by the Commedia in the Middle Ages? Does Dante’s world have relevance today as well? Some scholars may say it does more so than ever. If so, how? Through analysis of selected chapters (Canti), students have an opportunity to attempt to establish their possible relevance to the modern human condition and perhaps even to themselves.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours
Schedule Types: Lecture
Lang, Literature and Culture Department
NU Core Humanities Lvl 1, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities