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What makes Dante’s Divine Comedy such essential reading today, even though it was written seven centuries ago? And why have so many readers throughout history rapturously praised the poetic majesty of Paradiso, which many believe to be the most beautiful of Dante’s three canticles?
This course will explore the fascinating world of Dante’s epic poem in all its cultural and historical richness, as we consider Dante’s relation to his beloved hometown of Florence, his lacerating experience of exile, and his lifelong devotion to his muse Beatrice, among many other issues.
Our focus will be on Dante’s third and final canticle, Paradiso, which has enchanted readers for centuries because of its gorgeous language, meditations on human joy and transcendence, and extraordinary development of characters including Dante himself and his guide, Beatrice. Throughout our course, we will pay special attention to the originality and brilliance of Dante’s poetic vision, as we see how he transformed his great poem into one of the most influential works in literary history, both in Italy and throughout the world.
Students are welcome to use whatever edition they have. Professor Luzzi will be using the translation by Robert and Jean Hollander.
Class meets Mondays: Feb 7, 14, 21, 28.
Online programs:An access link will be emailed to you after purchase
In-person programs:Adults and children ages 12+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to attend our in-person programs.
Masks must be worn at all times by everyone over the age of 2.
Joseph Luzzi is a writer and Professor of Comparative Literature at Bard College. He is the author of In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love,, My Two Italies and A Cinema of Poetry: Aesthetics of the Italian Art Film. He is a frequent contributor of essays and reviews to publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Bookforum and London Times Literary Supplement.
Joseph Luzzi: Reading Dante’s Inferno
Reading Boccaccio’s the Decameron with Joseph Luzzi
Reading Calvino with Joseph Luzzi
Reading Hemingway and Fitzgerald with Joseph Luzzi
The Golden Age of Italian Film with Joseph Luzzi
Reading Dante’s Purgatorio with Joseph Luzzi
Reading Dante’s Paradiso with Joseph Luzzi