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COMP 317
Dante Fall 2020
Division I
Cross-listed COMP 317 / ENGL 304

Class Details

In the spring of 1300, Dante Alighieri entered Hell. The Divine Comedy is the record of the journey that followed. It is organized around a series of encounters with figures from the poet’s past–for example, a former teacher damned for violating nature–as well as historical and literary characters: Ulysses, Thomas Aquinas, Plato, Virgil, Adam. Though the Comedy is probably now best known for its savagery–the bodies split open, the Popes turned upside down and lit on fire–it is also, as Dante claims, a love story and a work of high imaginative daring. Among its final images is a vision of paradise rendered through the precise if also mind-bending language of non-Euclidean geometry. In this course we will read the three books of the Comedy (Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso), the Vita Nuova, and a few brief selections from Dante’s other works. All readings will be in translation. The course will be taught remotely.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 14
Expected: 10
Class#: 2285
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: five written exercises and a 10-page final paper
Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
Enrollment Preferences: English majors
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 317 Division I ENGL 304 Division I
Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories A

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