This unit studies Dante's Divine Comedy 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 is expressed on the one hand, and, on the other, the historical, philosophical and theological cultures it expresses and interprets.
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%)
6 credit points at 2000 level in at least one of the following: Italian Studies, or European Studies or European or Middle Eastern or Classical Languages or Studies or Asian Studies or History or Ancient History or Philosophy or Studies in Religion.