This course focuses on Dante’s Divine Comedy: a classic masterpiece of world literature, a pinnacle of medieval philosophy and theology, and a crucial work in the development of Italian culture. While we will comparatively discuss Dante’s poem in relation to its biblical and classical archetypes—as well as its philosophical, religious, and political background—we will also seek to consider the protagonist’s journey to “salvation” as a challenge to many of our most entrenched assumptions about the nature of good and evil. Taught in English.
Italian 110: Dante in English
Instructor: Andrea Moudarres