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C LIT 250 A: Introduction to Comparative Literature: Literature and Culture

Dante and the Middle Ages

Meeting Time: 
TTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm
MGH 231
Joint Sections: 
ITAL 262 A
Beatrice Arduini

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Taught entirely in English, this course is devoted to one of the most fascinating and influential masterpieces of Western literature, Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy.

Dante's poem relates one man's journey from the dark wood of error to the vision of truth, but as readers we not only observe the pilgrim's journey through the afterlife, we participate in it as well, as we encounter questions about the nature of evil, the possibility for spiritual improvement, and the experience of true happiness, and discover surprising parallels with our own time.

Catalog Description: 
Study of literature in its relation to culture. Focuses on literature as a cultural institution, directly related to the construction of individual identity and the dissemination and critique of values.
Department Requirements Met: 
Pre-req to Declare Literature Major
GE Requirements Met: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:12pm