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IT3230 Dante- Divine Comedy II

IT3230 Dante- Divine Comedy II

Term 2

Convenor: Dr Stefano Jossa

Essay (80%)   3,000-3,500 words
Oral presentation (20%)

The course is based on a close reading of ONE of Purgatorio or Paradiso (depending on the academic year – an alternating pattern will be adopted and normally followed). Students will be expected to read the whole cantica, but selected canti will be set for detailed critical commentary. As supplementary reading students will be asked to read the Vita Nuova and to (re)familiarise themselves with the other sections of the Divine Comedy.

The course builds on the foundations laid in previous years’ courses and focuses in detail on the text of the Divine Comedy with an emphasis on the analysis of its literary and poetic qualities. The course aims to develop an understanding of Dante’s other writings, in particular for their links to the Divine Comedy.


Set texts: Dante – Divina Commedia: Purgatorio and Paradiso

Recommended reading:

Cachey, T. J., Dante Now: Current Trends in Dante Studies, Notre Dame: Notre Dame UP, 1995.
Cambridge Companion to Dante, The, ed. R. Jacoff, Cambridge: CUP, 1993; 2nd ed. 2007
Scott, J., Understanding Dante, Notre Dame: Notre Dame UP, 2004



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