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Dante in Translation

Yale,, Fall 2008 , Prof. Giuseppe Mazzotta

Updated On 02 Feb, 19

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 22: Paradise XXVII, XXVIII, XXIX

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Lecture Details

Dante in Translation (ITAL 310)

This lecture focuses on Paradise XXVII-XXIX. St. Peters invective against the papacy from the Heaven of the Fixed Stars is juxtaposed with Dantes portrayal of its contemporary incumbent, Boniface VIII, in the corresponding canto of Inferno. Recalls of infernal characters proliferate as the pilgrim ascends with Beatrice into the primum mobile. Bid to look back on the world below, Dante perceives the mad track of his uneasy archetype, Ulysses. Dantes remembrance of this tragic shipwreck at the very boundary of time and space gains interest in light of his allusion to Francesca at the outset of Paradise XXIX. These resonances of intellectual and erotic transgression reinforce the convergence of cosmology and creation Dante assigns to the heaven of metaphysics.

0000 - Chapter 1. Canto XXVII St. Peter and the Boundary of the Material Universe
2012 - Chapter 2. Canto XXVIII The Order of Angels
2404 - Chapter 3. Shift to the Order of Creation in Canto XXIX
3743 - Chapter 4. Question and Answer on Creation, Incarnation
010056 - Chapter 5. Question and Answer on Sexual Language, Theological Risk

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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