What is the course about?
Reading Dante's Divine Comedy for the first time can be very confusing as it is an extremely complex poem. This lecture will touch briefly on the main characteristics of the poem providing the reader with the basic background knowledge: politics, theological beliefs and classical references.
What will we cover?
1. The political background and Dante’s exile as a result of his political views.
2. The importance of the guides (Virgil and Beatrice) in the Hell, Purgatory and Paradise.
3. Dante’s beliefs and knowledge.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
1. Have an understanding of the main political factions in medieval Florence (Guelfs and Ghibellins)
2. Appreciate Dante’s moral guides through the reading of extracts from the Hell, Purgatory and Paradise.
3. Give one example of how Dante used the beliefs and knowledge of his time and included it into his work.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This lecture will be conducted in Italian and is therefore aimed at those of you with an advanced level of the language. It is suitable if you are attending Italian 4 or 5 at Citylit or have an equivalent level.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is a lecture and is therefore mainly tutor-led. Facts will be presented through the use of video clips, presentations, hand-outs etc.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other cost. Students will just need to bring a pen and paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details