New Cross-Listed Course: English 351/Italian 494, section 1

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Eren Branch, Ph.D., invites Italian minors to join her English students this spring as they embark on the study of a masterpiece of world literature.

Dante’s Divine Comedy is as complex, as accomplished, as poignant, and as startling as any poem ever written.  It has been translated hundreds, maybe thousands, of times, and yet even today contemporary poets continue to create new translations of this poem and to allude to it and incorporate it into their own work.  Why has this poem been so important over the centuries to so many people – to other writers and also to visual artists, composers, and just everyday people?  

These questions will frame our course as we read the Comedy from literary, historical, and biographical perspectives.  Along the way, we will explore some of the particular challenges facing translators of the poem and we will experience a few of the literary and visual and musical works that continue to enter into conversation with Dante’s poem.

To receive credit toward the Italian minor, enroll in Italian 494, section 1.  Papers will be written in Italian.  Seating is limited. 

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