Una stagione con Dante: introduzione
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: LNW41
Duration: 1 session
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.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
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 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.
Francesco has taught Italian language classes and literature at City Lit since 2014. He also works as Head of the Classics Department. After graduating with honours in Modern Languages and Literatures (English, German and Serbo-Croat), he moved to London and started teaching Italian at various adult education colleges, which gave him the opportunity to share his interest in Italian language, culture and traditions to a diverse range of students. During this time, he also acquired experience in curriculum management. Francesco currently prepares students for Italian exams. His passion includes philology, Dante, early Italian literature and the history of Italy (primarily the Northeast, where he grew up and was educated).
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.