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)
Professor Mazzotta begins this lecture by recapitulating the ambivalent nature of Ulysses sin and its relevance to Dantes poetic project. Inferno XXVII is then read in conjunction with the preceding canto. The antithetical relationship between Dantes false counselors, Ulysses and Guido da Montefeltro, anchors an overarching discussion of the relationship between rhetoric and politics. The latter half of the lecture is devoted to Inferno XXVIII, where Dantes preeminent sower of discord, Bertran de Born, introduces the principle of the contrapasso. The law of retribution that governs Dantes Inferno is discussed in light of classical and contemporary theories of justicecrime and punishment. In conclusion, the opening of Inferno XXIX is read as a retrospective gloss on the limitations of retributive justice.
0000 - Chapter 1. Returning to Canto XXVI and Ulyssess Sin
1114 - Chapter 2. Canto XXVII Counter Myth to the Story of Ulysses
2847 - Chapter 3. Canto XXVIII Bertan de Born among the Makers of Discord
4629 - Chapter 4. A Poet of Justice
5700 - Chapter 5. 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.