Topic: Vergil & Dante
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Candler Library 222A
Reading of Vergil's Aeneid and Dante's Divine Comedy in English translation. We will focus on the Aeneid as (pagan) tragedy, "corrected" by Dante's Christian comedy, and most particularly on the relationship of Dante's (mis)representation of "Vergil" (his guide through Inferno) to this theme. Readings will be supplemented by selected critical essays. Opportunity will be given for some reading in Latin or Italian for any students who wish to.
W.S. Anderson, The Art of the Aeneid
J. Gallagher, The Divine Comedy: A Modern Reader's Guide
K.W.Gransden, Virgil: The Aeneid
S.J. Harrison (ed.), Oxford Readings in Virgil's Aeneid
A. Iannucci, (ed.) Dante: Contemporary Perspectives
R. Jacoff, The Cambridge Companion to Dante
R. Jacoff and J. Schnapp (eds.) The Poetry of Allusion: Virgil and Ovid in Dante's Commedia
W.R. Johnson, Darkness Visible
R. Kirkpatrick, Dante: The Divine Comedy
C. Martindale, The Cambridge Companion to Virgil
C. Perkell (ed.), Reading Vergil’s Aeneid: An Interpretive Guide [[NOTE: e-book through
Required Textbooks, Articles, and Resources
- The Aeneid of Virgil. ISBN: 9780553210415.
- The Divine Comedy of Dante Inferno. ISBN: 9780553213393.
- The Divine Comedy of Dante Purgatorio. ISBN: 9780553213447.
- The Divine Comedy of Dante Paradiso. ISBN: 9780553212044.
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|Thoughtful participation in class, three 7- page (not counting bibliography) papers (with necessity of rewriting).||The first of these will focus on the Aeneid, the second on Dante, and the third on a comparison of the two poets in some regard. Weekly one-page writing assignments on the secondary readings (ungraded).|
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