Dante and the Middle Ages (ITLN3694)


This unit studies Dante's Divine Comedy in its entirety as an enduring work of poetry, a major text of the European literary tradition, and the most comprehensive synthesis of Medieval culture. We will look at how literature works in relation to the language and the rhetorical tradition in which it expressed on the one hand, and, on the other, the historical, philosophical and theological culture it expresses and interprets.

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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr seminar/week


1x500wd research bibliography (10%), 1x2500wd research essay (35%), 4x1000wds total short answer tests (30%), 1x500wd class presentation (15%), tutorial participation (10%)

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(12 Senior credit points from Italian Studies) or (12 Senior credit points from ICLS)

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Cross-institutional study

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