Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Dante: "Inferno" e "Purgatorio"

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION A selection of canti from the Inferno and the Purgatorio will be read with a series of problems in mind: theology and political thought, history and allegory, self and society, platonic love and erotic impulses, reason and faith, transience and eternity, the human and the divine. The interpretative fate of this summa of medieval culture throughout the centuries will be traced and scholarly questions raised primarily in Italy and the United States will be debated. The traditional close reading, or Lectura Dantis format, of canto by canto analysis will be combined with a broader approach based on the networks of associations composed of metaphors, images and allusive lexemes, so that each canto will be read individually and also within the vaster framework of Dante's Commedia.

Reading List:

Dante Alighieri, (1993) La Divina Commedia. L’Inferno. Preferably Di Salvo’s annotated edition, Zanichelli
Dante Alighieri, (1993) Il Purgatorio. Preferably Di Salvo’s annotated edition, Zanichelli

Recommended Reading:

Auerbach, E.(1963) Studi su Dante, Feltrinelli
Singleton, (1968) Viaggio a Beatrice, Il Mulino
Contini G. (1968) Un’idea di Dante, Einaudi
Hollander R., (1980) Studies in Dante, Longo
Mazzotta G. (1993) Dante’s Vision and the Circle of Knowledge, Princeton UP
Ferrucci, F. (2007) Dante. Lo stupore e l’ordine, Liguori
Raimondi, E. (2008) Metafora e storia. Studi su Dante e Petrarca, Aragno

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: At least an intermediate level in Italian or permission from lecturer holding the study-unit.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Fabrizio Foni

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