The course aims to introduce lower-division students to the work of the greatest poet of the European Middle Ages. It will present a close analytical reading of Inferno (the best-known part of his masterpiece, the Divine Comedy), in the literary and cultural context created by the most significant of his earlier works: the autobiographical prose and lyric poetry of the Vita nova, and the linguistic and poetic theory of De vulgari eloquentia. All readings, primary and secondary, will be in English.
Dante, trans. Stanley Lombardo, Inferno
Dante, trans. Andrew Frisardi, Vita nova
Dante, trans. Steven Botterill, De vulgari eloquentia
Prerequisites: None. This course is taught in English with readings in English.