*Note class time, includes break
A close oral reading invites learners’ interpretations about the first third of Dante’s Divine Comedy, arguably the greatest achievement in the history of world literature. A poet and prose writer who lived from 1265 to 1321, Dante Aligheri had one foot in the Medieval Age and one in the incipient Italian Renaissance. His Commedia is reflective of many things: the aesthetic shift of his time, the state of the church, contemporary Italian politics, and his personal life. All of this is told by Dante the pilgrim (the Everyman in his Allegory) through the triad of the Catholic vision of the after-life: Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. We will read Inferno together and give it the close attention and concentration it merits. Bring a snack.
REQUIRED READING: Come to class with the John Ciardi translation of Inferno.