ITAL 5333 - Medieval Italian Literature I
ITAL 4303 with grade D or better
Dante Alighieri is the most important Italian poet, the father of the Italian language, and the principal figure of Medieval Literature in Europe. This course will examine Dante Alighieri's La Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy) and some of his minor works such as La Vita Nuova (The New Life) and Il Convivio (The Banquet). Attention will be given to the Epistola a Cangrande della Scala (Letter to Cangrande della Scala) which is believed to be Aligheri's letter to his foremost patron. The course will allow students to examine these internationally renowned literary texts in their original language. Students will read from these author's works and engage in a historical, literary, and rhetorical analysis of them while determining techniques of composition. Students will be expected to actively participate and contribute to class discussion. The course will be conducted in Italian; participants will do all written and oral work in Italian. A research paper will be required.