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2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
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ITLT 041 - (LT) To Hell and Back: Dante’s Inferno

Semester Hours: 3
Periodically
The course is a journey through the Inferno as a reflection of medieval literature, concerns and preoccupations. Following the epic hero’s descent into and escape from Hell, the class engages in close readings that emphasize the ethical, religious, and political background of the medieval world. This course focuses on three recurrent topics represented in all canticles of the Divine Comedy: free will and spiritual salvation, Dante’s moral imperative in representing and shaping the transcendental as well as secular spheres, and the poet’s homage to classical epic tradition. Although readings will focus on the Inferno, complementary selections from the Vita Nuova, Purgatorio and Paradiso will also be discussed. Art and music inspired by the Inferno will also enrich our study of Dante’s epic poem. All works are read and discussed in English.

Prerequisite(s)/Course Notes:
(Formerly Dante and Medieval Culture: The “Divine Comedy.”)





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