Dante in Translation

Yale,, Fall 2008 , Prof. Giuseppe Mazzotta

Updated On 02 Feb, 19


(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.


Lecture 16: Paradise I, II

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Lecture Details

Dante in Translation (ITAL 310)

Professor Mazzotta introduces students to Paradise. The Ptolemaic structure of Dantes cosmos is described along with the arts and sciences associated with its spheres. Beatrices role as teacher in Dantes cosmological journey is distinguished from that of her successor, St. Bernard of Clairvaux. An introduction to Dantes third and final guide to the Beatific Vision helps situate the poetics of Paradise vis-� -vis the mystical tradition. Professor Mazzottas introduction to the canticle is followed by a close reading of the first canto. The end of the pilgrims journey is discussed in light of the two theological modes Dante pulls together in the exordium of Paradise I. The poetic journey staged in the opening tercets is then explored in light of the mythological and Christian figures (Marsyas, St. Paul) Dante claims as his poetic precursors.

0000 - Chapter 1. An Introduction to "Paradise"
1106 - Chapter 2. Canto I The Glory; Light and Motion; Principle of Hierarchy
1828 - Chapter 3. Subjectivity; Desire
2256 - Chapter 4. Apollo, God of Poets
3216 - Chapter 5. Dantes Introductory Letter to "Paradise"
3920 - Chapter 6. Traveling at the Speed of Light; Refining the Picture of the Universe
5536 - Chapter 7. Canto II An Invitation to Stay Close; Jason
010321 - Chapter 8. Question and Answer

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

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Great course. Thank you very much.