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The Cosmos of Dante's Comedy
FIST 226
Spring 2017 not offered
Crosslisting: ITAL 226, COL 234, RELI 218, MDST 226

In this course we will explore Dante Alighieri's 14th-century masterwork as a point of entry into concepts that have been at the core of Western literature, philosophy, and science: What does the afterlife look like? What is the soul's relation to the divine? What are our obligations to each other? We will study intensively Dante's encyclopedic poem in relation to the culture and history of Medieval Europe. Major topics include concepts of modernity and antiquity in the Middle Ages; shifting notions of authorship during the 13th and 14th centuries; gender and genre in Dante's poem; intertextuality and imitation; poetics in the "vulgar" tongue (that is, not Latin) and the different medieval literary genres; the culture and materiality of manuscripts in the Middle Ages; classical and medieval language theory; the role of the classics in the Middle Ages; Dante's concepts of governance; myth and theology in Dante's Christian poetics; the reception history of Dante's work 14th century to the present. This course will be conducted in English.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RLAN
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(CSCT)(ITST)(MDST-MN)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(RMST)(STS)

Last Updated on MAY-18-2024
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