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)
This lecture deals primarily with Cantos XIX and XXVI of Inferno. Simony, the sin punished in Inferno XIX, is situated historically to point out the contiguity of the sacred and the profane and its relevance to the prophetic voice Dante established in this canto. The fine line between prophecy and profanation is shown to resurface in Inferno XXIV and XXV, where the poet falls prey, as did the pilgrim in Inferno IV, to poetic hubris. Once again, the dangers of Dantes poetic vocation are dramatized in the canto that immediately follows. In Inferno XXVI, Dantes tragic revision of the journey of Ulysses is shown to offset his own poetic enterprise, while acknowledging its risks.
0000 - Chapter 1. Returning to Canto XV and Brunetto Latini
0658 - Chapter 2. The Prophetic Voice and the Writer of Epistles
1212 - Chapter 3. Canto XIX Simony, Sacrilege and the Sacred
3224 - Chapter 4. Short Remarks about Comedy and the Fall
3356 - Chapter 5. Canto XV Reenacting the Aesthetic Temptation
3850 - Chapter 6. Canto XXVI Ulysses as a Mode of Being for Dante
010231 - 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.