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ITLN3694: Dante and the Middle Ages

Dante Alighieri's 'Divine Comedy' will be read as an enduring work of poetry, a major text of the European literary tradition, and the most comprehensive synthesis of medieval culture. Along with that of other major contemporary thinkers such as Francesco Petrarca and Giovanni Boccaccio, Dante's works will be placed in the historical and political context of the Italian peninsula between the thirteenth and the fourteenth century. Particular attention will be paid to his use of philosophical and theological language as well as extensive references and allusions to the Bible and classical poetry.

Code ITLN3694
Academic unit Italian Studies
Credit points 6
6 credit points at 2000 level in at least one of the following Italian Studies or European Studies or European or Middle Eastern or Classical Languages or Studies or Asian Studies or History or Ancient History or Philosophy or Studies in Religion

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. have complete sense of issues related to literary and historical studies
  • LO2. understand major theoretical approaches to Italian Medieval Studies
  • LO3. demonstrate critical and analytical skills through textual analysis and class discussion
  • LO4. understand the interdisciplinary nature of Medieval Studies
  • LO5. understand ethical issues associated with the acquisition of new knowledge and theoretical tools.

Unit outlines

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