Dante’s Divine Comedy a special two-day course with Mark Patton

Dantepicture

Dante, a detail of Domenico di Michelino’s painting, Florence 1465

An exploration, over two days, of the text of, and background to, Dante’s Divine Comedy, the work which, 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 translation: ‘wonderfully unstuffy -injects fresh life back into the poetry,’ according to Mary Beard; ‘an extraordinary verse rendering … a revelation,’ according to Robert McCrum.

Dante’s Divine Comedy – A two-day course based on Clive James’s translation of the poem.

The course will explore the three books of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy (Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso) in English verse translation, with reference to its historical, theological and literary background, and its enduring influence on European literature and culture.

Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th April 2017

10.30am-4.30pm with an hour for lunch

£80 for two-day course

contact the office for further information and to book a place

Day 1

1030-1130

Introduction and background

1130-1145

Break

1145-1245

Reading – Inferno

1245-1345

Lunch

1345-1445

Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise – the history and geography of the Medieval afterlife

1445-1500

Break

1515-1600

Reading – Inferno

1600-1630

Dante and the Classical World

Day 2

1030-1130

The Politics of Florence in the late Middle Ages

1130-1145

Break

1145-1245

Reading – Purgatorio

1245-1345

Lunch

1345-1445

Dante’s sources – the mind of a Medieval reader

1445-1500

Break

1500-1600

Reading – Paradiso

1600-1630

The legacy of The Divine Comedy

Reading List

Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of Clive James’s Dante – The Divine Comedy, from which we will be reading.

The following reading is not essential for the class, but simply introduces some of the themes we will be exploring:

G.P. Raffa 2009 The Complete Danteworlds: A Reader’s Guide to the Divine Comedy. University of Chicago Press.

G.A. Bruckner 1998 Florence: The Golden Age, 1138-1737. University of California Press.

C. Ryan & J. Took 2013