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Second and Fourth Fridays, 12:00-1:15 PM

Begins February 9, Spring Term

St. Paul's/Harvard Catholic Center, Harvard Square

Brian FitzGerald, D. Phil., Lecturer on Medieval Studies and the Study of Religion, Harvard University

This course offers a study, in translation, of the first part of Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece, Divine Comedy, his vision of a journey through doubt, loss, and the suffering of Hell in search of resurrection and new life. Particular attention will be paid to Dante’s conception of the relationship between theology, literature, and the spiritual life.

Readings in translation; no background in Italian or Romance Languages is required.

A light lunch will be served.

No particular translation of the Inferno is required, but the instructor recommends using one which includes the Italian text as well.  Some good editions of this kind are:

  • Inferno, trans., Anthony Esolen (Modern Library)

  • Inferno, trans., Robin Kirkpatrick (Penguin Classics)

  • Inferno, trans., Robert and Jean Hollander (Anchor Books)

This group has ended


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