Dante in Translation
Yale,, Fall 2008 , Prof. Giuseppe Mazzotta
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(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.
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Dante in Translation (ITAL 310)
In this lecture, Professor Mazzotta moves from the terrace of pride (Purgatory X-XII) to the terrace of wrath (Purgatory XVI-XVII). The relationship between art and pride, introduced in the previous lecture in the context of Canto X, is pursued along theological lines in the cantos immediately following. The "ludic theology" Dante embraces in these cantos resurfaces on the terrace of wrath, where Marco Lombardos speech on the traditional problem of divine foreknowledge and human freedom highlights the playfulness of Gods creation. The motifs of human and divine creation explored thus far are shown to converge at the numerical center of the poem (Purgatory XVII) in Dantes apostrophe to the imagination.
0000 - Chapter 1. Cantos X, XI and XII Virtues and Vices
0651 - Chapter 2. Aesthetic Education
1544 - Chapter 3. Canto XI Reversal of Perspective
2154 - Chapter 4. Canto XII Punished Pride
2811 - Chapter 5. Canto XVI Marco Lombardo Political and Legal Arguments
4009 - Chapter 6. Canto XVII Visions of Anger; Approaching the Center
5125 - Chapter 7. Question and Answer
Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website httpopen.yale.educourses
This course was recorded in Fall 2008.
Sep 12, 2018
Excellent course helped me understand topic that i couldn't while attendinfg my college.
March 29, 2019
Great course. Thank you very much.