This course is dedicated to a guided reading of the Divine Comedy in its entirety. The text will be read in facing-page translation for the benefit of those who know some Italian and those who do not. Lectures and discussion are in English. Students will learn about the historical, philosophical, literary context of the poem as well as how to make sense of it in modern terms.
Evaluation will be by means of bluebook midterm and final testing knowledge of key terms, concepts, and passages, summaries of two scholarly articles, and participation (consisting of active class presence, on-line quizzes on readings, and on-line discussion).
General audience interested in the humanities. No prerequisites.
Principally lecture format, two days a week, with opportunities for discussion in class, out of class, and on line.