Dante's Full Profile
Many scholars consider Dante the ultimate Italian poet of his time. He introduced innovative stylistic techniques to the poetic tradition while also drawing from the philosophy, history, and mythology of the ancient world. As we will see in the course, he composed his works in the Italian vernacular, setting an important precedent in the literary world of his time, when most of his contemporaries wrote only in Latin. In this course, we will consider Dante’s literature for its stylistic and thematic contributions to the body of Medieval and Italian literature, as well as for its inventive appraisal of Christianity.Before we look at Dante’s specific literary works, we will first consider him as a writer who worked in a particular historical context and will accordingly begin by taking a look at Dante’s life as well as the culture of Medieval Italy on a broader level. We will then take a look at some of Dante’s shorter works, most notably his early philosophical treatises. We will devote the majority of the course, however, to the study of Dante’s masterpiece—The Divine Comedy. While reading the three works that compriseThe Divine Comedy(The Inferno,The Purgatorio, andThe Paradisio), we will also take a look at several of Dante’s more important shorter works, which established some of his novel ideas about literature and language. By the end of the course, you will have a clear idea of Dante’s contributions to the literary world, as well as some insight into his understandings of Christianity.
Days of the Week:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
- Level of Difficulty: All Levels
- Size: One-on-One
- Cost: Free
- Institution: Saylor
- Topics: Literature, General History, Philosophy
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