This course will focus on the work of Dante Allighieri, the fourteenth-century Italian poet who translated his vision of the Christian afterlife into his epic poem The Divine Comedy. In addition to reading most of Dante’s 3-volume work, we will look at some of the works that influenced Dante’s vision of the afterlife, including Virgil’s Aeneid and Augustine’s Confessions, as well as a work that may have influenced Dante, The Book of Muhammad’s Ladder. We will follow the thread of one of Dante’s preoccupations: love and it’s relation to the body and to language. All readings and discussion will be in English.
Pre-requisite: ENGL 190 or 200 level English Course