Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding 51: The Cosmos of the Comedy – Fall 2014
Professor Jeffrey Schnapp Fall 2014 Course Meets: W., 1-3, and a weekly section to be arranged.
Half course Location: Sever Hall 102
This course provides an in-depth exploration of Dante Alighieri's 14th-century masterpiece, the Divine Comedy, from the standpoint of the history of Western poetry, language,
religious belief, geography and science. Particular attention is paid to Dante's dialogue with ancient authors such as Plato, Aristotle, Virgil
and Ovid, as well as to imaginative mappings of Hell, Purgatory and
Paradise. One of the course's highlights is a multimedia web-based
competition in which all enrolled students compete for the annual
Bedeviled Harvard prize.
Note: Conducted in English.
course fulfills the requirement that one of the eight General Education
courses also engage substantially with Study of the Past.
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