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Dante's Divine Comedy

ENGL 323.401
crosslisted as: ITAL 333, COML 333
instructor(s):
TR 10:30-12
fulfills requirements:
Elective Seminar of the Standard Major

Benjamin Franklin Seminar
Dist. Arts and Letters
Cross listed with ITAL 333

In this course we will read the Inferno, the Purgatorio and the Paradiso, focusing on a series of interrelated problems raised by the poem: authority, fiction, history, politics and language. Particular attention will be given to how the Commedia presents itself as Dante's autobiography, and to how the autobiographical narrative serves as a unifying thread for this supremely rich literary text. Supplementary readings will include Virgil's Aeneid and selections from Ovid's  Metamorphoses. All readings and written work 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.