Dante's Divine Comedy is a world literature masterpiece that has come to be regarded as one of our greatest human treasures. It offers an almost encyclopedic presentation of classical and medieval ethics, philosophy, theology, politics, and some of the most imaginative, stirring and beautiful poetry ever written. It is an eschatological adventure as Dante takes us through the three transmundane kingdoms of Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. During this imaginary journey, the poet explores the weaknesses and strengths, the ugliness and beauty of human souls, of humankind.
Readings: Dante, Divine Comedy (Allen Mandelbaum or Princeton Dante Project’s translations suggested, but not required)
This seminar-style course has limited enrollment to allow small group discussion.