ROMS 1112

ROMS 1112

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2014-2015.

This course proposes to explore Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy as an ethical document designed not merely to describe "the state of souls after death," but as a means of instructing its readers about the way to behave in the world while they are yet alive.  In constructing his panoramic journey through the Christian afterlife, Dante also creates a moral universe in which his readers find themselves implicated, by turns exhorted and condemned.  Students will read the poem in translation, and will discuss its rhetoric in both analytic and personal essays.  By dissecting the strategies Dante employs to shape our perceptions of his universe, students will be able to evaluate the surprising complexity of its ethical convictions.

When Offered Fall.

Satisfies Requirement First-Year Writing Seminar.

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17551 ROMS 1112   SEM 101

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