MEMS 333 - Dante's Divine Comedy
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)
Department: LSA History
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
A knowledge of Italian is not required.
Other Course Info:
Taught in English.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Dante’s Divine Comedy is a poem and more than a poem: an encyclopedia of accumulated human knowledge of this world and the next at the close of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Renaissance; the autobiographical story of a single man’s life; a daring and deeply thoughtful meditation on the relationship between human beings and God. Dante’s epic riffs on the Bible and secular literature. It is addressed to medieval Catholics and teaches truths about Christianity. It is also a pioneering work of science fiction, describing a humble pilgrim’s journey to the afterworld, depicted in startling, speculative detail. This course is dedicated to a guided reading of the Divine Comedy. Students will learn about the historical, philosophical and literary context of the poem. We will also study Dante’s influence on modern culture, in particular visual arts and movies.

MEMS 333 - Dante's Divine Comedy
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 0195087445
Inferno., Author: edited and translated by Robert M. Durling ; introduction and notes by Ronald L. Martinez and Robert M. Durling ; illustrations by Robert Turner., Publisher: Oxford University Press [1st Oxfor 1996
ISBN: 0195087453
The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri Purgatorio., Author: [Dante Alighieri] ; ed. and transl. by Robert M. Durling ; introd. and notes by Ronald L. Martinez and Robert M. Durling ; ill. by Robert Turner., Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr 2004
ISBN: 0553212044
Paradiso : a verse translation, Author: [translated and] with an introduction by Allen Mandelbaum ; notes by Anthony Oldcorn and Daniel Feldman, with Giuseppe Di Scipio ; drawings by Barry Moser., Publisher: Bantam Bantam cla 1986
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