Dante's Divine Comedy: Inferno

The American University of Rome

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Dante's Divine Comedy: Inferno

  • Host University

    The American University of Rome

  • Location

    Rome, Italy

  • Area of Study

    Italian Culture, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ENG 102

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This  course  provides  an  introduction  to  Dante’s  vision  of  hell  and  humanity  in  his  classic  poem,  Inferno,  read  in  English  translation.  Lectures  and  class  discussions  will  examine  fundamental  aspects  of  Dante’s  life  and  the  period  in  which  he  lived  in  order  to  contextualize  his  portrayal  of  the  afterlife  as  well  as  the  political  vision  expressed  in  his  poem.  The  course  also  examines  the  reception  of  this  medieval  masterpiece  by  exploring  what  it  means  to  read  a  700‐year  old  text  in  the  present  day.    Dante’s  Divine  Comedy  remains very much present and relevant in modern culture and this course will explore the  poem’s radical, even controversial, nature both at the time it was written as well as today.  

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