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Donna Lynne Yowell
ITAL 480
Seattle Campus

Dante's Comedy in English

Introduction to Dante's Comedy. Considers formal, structural, linguistic, literary, historical, cultural, philosophical, and theological issues raised by the text. Discusses the main currents of twentieth-century Dante criticism.

Class description

Dante Alighieri's Comedy is a work of political, spiritual and poetic daring. This course will guide you through Dante's otherworldly cosmos - the harsh mimesis of Hell; the interior landscapes of Purgatory; and the disturbing paradoxes of Paradise - in an attempt to define Dante's poetics through an examination of his visionary text and your reading of it. The course follows no single approach to the poem but will address formal, structural, linguistic, literary, historical, cultural, philosophical, and theological issues raised by the text. Discussion wil be in English; the text can be read in Italian or English.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture and Discussion

Recommended preparation

"...to those who would appreciate poetry and unwind its difficult involutions. You must read, you must persevere, you must sit up nights, you must inquire, and exert the utmost power of your mind." - Giovanni Boccaccio, 14th Century author, reader of Dante.

Class assignments and grading

reading, writing, persevering, sitting up nights, etc.

exam papers class participation


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Samuel J Dickson
Date: 05/13/1998