Fall 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
We will do a careful reading of Dante's masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, and works important to understanding it. Along with Dante, Virgil, and Beatrice, we will journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise.
Dante's great Christian epic influenced nearly every subsequent Western poet. Along with the Gothic cathedrals and the works of Thomas Aquinas, it is the consummate achievement of the European Middle Ages.
Thomas Cahill, Mysteries of the Middle Ages.
Dante, The Divine Comedy (Mandelbaum translation required).
The Vita Nuova (any translation).
There will also be a handout with works of poets who influenced Dante.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Three short papers (1,000 words each), each worth 20% of the final grade. A weekly short-answer quiz, consisting of five questions worth 0, 1, or 2 points each and two additional required questions which will be the same each week. Added together, the top ten quiz grades will be curved and are worth 40% of the final grade.