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Dante in Translation

Yale,, Fall 2008 , Prof. Giuseppe Mazzotta

Overview

(ITAL 310) The course is an introduction to Dante and his cultural milieu through a critical reading of The Divine Comedy and selected minor works (Vita nuova, Convivio, De vulgari eloquentia, Epistle to Cangrande). An analysis of Dante's autobiography, the Vita nuova, establishes the poetic and political circumstances of the Comedy's composition. Readings of Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso seek to situate Dante's work within the intellectual and social context of the late Middle Ages, with special attention paid to political, philosophical and theological concerns. Topics in The Divine Comedy explored over the course of the semester include the relationship between ethics and aesthetics; love and knowledge; and exile and history.

Includes

Lecture 1: Introduction

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Lecture Details

Dante in Translation (ITAL 310) Professor Mazzotta introduces students to the general scheme and scope of the Divine Comedy and to the life of its author. Various genres to which the poem belongs (romance, epic, vision) are indicated, and special attention is given to its place within the encyclopedic tradition. The poem is then situated historically through an overview of Dantes early poetic and political careers and the circumstances that led to his exile. Professor Mazzotta concludes by discussing the central role Dantes exile was to play in his poetic project. 0000 - Chapter 1. Introduction A Circle of Knowledge 0728 - Chapter 2. Dante in a Historical Context 1716 - Chapter 3. General Housekeeping Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website httpopen.yale.educourses This course was recorded in Fall 2008

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Sam

Excellent course helped me understand topic that i couldn't while attendinfg my college.

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Dembe

Great course. Thank you very much.

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