Dante Alighieri is the most important Italian poet, the father of Italian language and the principal figure of Medieval Literature in Europe. This course will examine Dante's Divine Comedy and some other minor works of his (e.g., La Vita Nuova and Convivio). The course aim is to allow students to examine his internationally renowned literary texts in their original language. Students will read excerpts from these works and engage in a historical, literary, and rhetorical analysis of texts while determining techniques of poetic composition. Students are expected to actively participate and contribute to class discussion. They are also expected to do all daily assigned exercises. The course will be conducted in Italian.