Spring 2012 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Redman, Tim
Discipline and Number
HUSL 7370 Section 001
W Time 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
Dante: Predestination & Theodicy

Description of Course:


We will pursue a close reading of Dante Alighieri's masterpiece, The Divine Comedy. We will also read poetry from Provence, Sicily, and Italy that influenced Dante, and his work Vita Nuova that prepared the way for the Commedia.

Since this is a doctoral course, we will focus on two theological concerns of Dante, the problems of predestination and theodicy.

Required Texts:

Dante, The Divine Comedy. I recommend the Mandelbaum translation. Singleton is acceptable.
Vita Nuova. I recommend Musa. Reynolds is acceptable.
Thomas Cahill, Mysteries of the Middle Ages.
Susan Neiman, Evil in Modern Thought.
a handout of poetry from Provence, Sicily, and Italy.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

A weekly short-answer quiz consisting of five questions plus two additional questions, what one idea remained with you after the meeting and what one question do you still have. The top ten grades from these quizzes will be curved and count 20% towards your final grade.

You will also do a semester-long project (scholarly or creative) broken into three segments, a proposal, a draft, and a final project. Each will count 20% towards your final grade.

You will also do a presentation on your project, which will count 20%.

Knowledge of Italian is NOT required.

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