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 9: Inferno XXX, XXXI, XXXII, XXXIII, XXXIV

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Lecture Details

Dante in Translation (ITAL 310)

The final cantos of Inferno are read with a view to the role of the tragic within Dantes Comedy. Using Dantes discussion of tragedy in the De vulgari eloquentia as a point of departure, Professor Mazzotta traces the disintegration of language that accompanies the pilgrims descent into the pit of Hell, the zone of treachery, from the distorted speech of Nimrod in Inferno XXXI to the silence of Satan in Inferno XXXIV. The ultimate triumph of comedy over tragedy is dramatized by the pilgrims ascent, by means of Lucifer, onto the shores of Mount Purgatory.

0000 - Chapter 1. The Mode of the Tragic
0519 - Chapter 2. "De vulgari eloquentia"
1945 - Chapter 3. Canto XXX Juno, Myrrha, Sinon
2247 - Chapter 4. Canto XXXI The Giants; Theory of Perspective
3510 - Chapter 5. Canto XXXII More on the Question of Perspective; Tragic Representation
5927 - Chapter 6. Canto XXXIV Satan
010103 - Chapter 7. Canto XXXIII Inventing the Poetic Myth of Purgatory
010346 - Chapter 8. Question and Answer

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This course was recorded in Fall 2008.



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