Dante's Divine Comedy: Inferno
The American University of Rome
Area of Study
Italian Culture, Literature
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
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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