Dante and Medieval Culture I|
Fall 2008 not offered
FIST 241, ITAL 226, MDST 245|
The purpose of this two-semester course is to offer students as complete an immersion in the world of Dante's DIVINE COMEDY as is possible without being able actually to read the poem in its original language. In addition to a careful and thorough line-by-line reading and discussion of the Comedy itself, the course will include attention to the art, architecture, and music of Dante's time, as well as to its history. Philosophical and theological materials relevant to the understanding of Dante's poetry will also be studied. The two semesters together should provide not only a thorough study of the Comedy, but also a detailed introduction to High Medieval culture.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ITST)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)(RMST)
Over the course of both semesters we will read Dante's DIVINE COMEDY in its entirety, as well as several of Dante's "minor" works (VITA NUOVA and various lyrics, and perhaps also some excerpts from his philosophical and political writings). In addition, the readings will include selections from late antique and medieval philosophy, medieval theology and patristic literature, poetry by Dante's contemporaries in Italy and by Provencal poets who influenced him, and some historical and critical materials.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
3 papers (probably).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students may be asked to keep a journal. This is not a "required course sequence" course, and students may elect to take either semester without the other. However, they should be aware that: 1) students taking the second semester only should have read at least the INFERNO and the first two-thirds of PURGATORY before the beginning of the semester; and 2) the second semester ONLY is a "Permission of Instructor" course, as preference for enrollment in it will be given to students who have satisfactorily completed the first semester.
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