Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Dante: "Paradiso"

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION The objective of this study-unit is to reflect on the last chapter of Dante's masterpiece: the Paradiso. This cantica will be connected to the previous analized during the Study-unit on the Inferno and the Purgatorio, but we will also highlight the main differences between this part of the Commedia and the first two Cantiche.

The main themes that we will study are: the structure of Dante's Paradiso; Dante's encounter with angels and saints; the relation between Dante and Beatrice; the importance of the light as a metaphor of God; the role of politics in Dante's last Cantica; Dante's exile and its influence on the composition of the Divina Commedia. Each week we will choose a specific Canto and we will reflect on it, thanks to the continuous references to the main Italian and North American critical works on Dante.

Study-unit Aims:

The objective of this study-unit will be the completion of the reading and the interpretation of Dante Alighieri's Divina Commedia. For this reason we will conduct an attentive analysis of Dante's last Cantica: the Paradiso.

This study-unit will also put in evidence the evolution of Dante's style from the beginning of his Commedia to the Paradiso.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be:
- Able to read and understand the most important Cantos of the last Cantica of the Divina Commedia.
- Able to explain the relevance of Dante Alighieri in the Italian and European literary canon.
- Aware of the critical debate on Dante that regards not only the Italian academy, but also the English and the North American one.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Put in evidence the most important themes of the Paradiso.
- Be aware of the evolution of Dante's style from the Inferno to the Paradiso, explaining how this 'pluristilismo' made Dante the most important author of Italian Middle Age.
- Use stylistic, rethorical and historical knoledges in order to read and interpret the last Cantica of the Divina Commedia.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Dante, Paradiso, any edition (Available as 'La Commedia').
- A coursepack of readings with selected critical works on Dante will be provided at the beginning of this study-unit.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: A pass at Intermediate Level in Italian language or ask permission from the lecturer holding the study-unit.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (1 Hour) Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Fabrizio Foni

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