Dante's Divine Comedy: Hell, Purgatory and Paradise

ITALIAN 481

A close reading of Dante's whole poem (Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise) in its philosophical (Plato, Aristotle), theological (Augustine, Aquinas) historical (Papacy vs. Empire, Florentine factionalism), and literary (Virgil, Ovid, Arthurian romance) contexts, as well as an exploration of its influence on later thinkers, artists, poets, and popular culture (Machiavelli, Botticelli, Borges, Beckett, Eliot, Rodin, Dali, 'Se7en').

Explore the culture and customs of these countries: 
Italy
Explore these religions: 
Christianity
Faculty: 

Martin Eisner, martin.eisner@duke.edu

Crosslisting Numbers: 
MEDREN 450, RELIGION 262, LIT 245
Areas of Knowledge: 
ALP, CZ
Modes of Inquiry: 
CCI, EI
Film, Visual & Performing Arts?
No
Literature in Translation?
Yes