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ENGL 4696 Dante's "Divine Comedy" in Translation (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

An introduction to and critical reading of the "Divine Comedy" (in English translation), one of the world's greatest epic poems, produced by "the chief imagination of Christendom" (Yeats). Dante's journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise will be analyzed at its multiple levels of interpretation: literal and allegorical, theological, philosophical, political, and literary. Compendium of an entire epoch of European civilization, the "Comedy" will also be interrogated for its responses to the fundamental questions of human existence: God, the Cosmos, the Self, Good and Evil, Right and Wrong, Suffering, and Happiness.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Laurie Shepard

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: THEO5559 PHIL5508 ITAL5526

Comments: Conducted in English. Elective for Italian major or minor.


Last Updated: 20-Mar-17