Fall 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
In this course we will do a close reading of Dante's great Christian epic The Divine Comedy, considering its literary, historical, theological, and philosophical backgrounds.
We will journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise with Dante, Virgil, and Beatrice as Dante seeks his salvation.
Thomas Cahill, Mysteries of the Middle Age
Dante, The Divine Comedy (Mandelbaum translation required)
Vita Nuova (New Life) (Musa translation recommended)
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Three short papers (800-1,000 words) worth 20% each.
A weekly short-answer quiz consisting of five questions worth 0, 1, or 2 points each. The top ten quiz grades for each student will be added together and curved for a quiz grade (40%).