This course focuses on Dante’s Divine Comedy, a classic masterpiece of world literature and a crucial work in the development of Italian culture. We will discuss Dante’s poem in relation to its biblical and classical archetypes – as well as its deep philosophical, religious, and political background – and will 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