An exploration, over two days, of the text of, and background to, Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, with reference to its historical, theological and literary background, and its enduring influence on European literature and culture. Dante’s great work, more than any other, establishes a bridge between the Medieval and Renaissance imaginations, and created a vision of Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven that has endured into the modern world. We will be using Clive James’s much-praised verse translation: ‘wonderfully unstuffy – injects fresh life back into the poetry’ according to Mary Beard; ‘an extraordinary verse rendering … a revelation,’ according to Robert McCrum.
Tutor: Mark Patton
Dates: Thursday 28 June and Friday 29 June
Venue: Gosling Room