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Reading Dante's Inferno

Join us for a journey through Hell—Dante’s Inferno—a world in which a fascinating cast of characters, condemned to eternal punishment for sins committed on earth, recount their stories to the poet as he makes his pilgrimage through the underworld. In this first canticle of the Divine Comedy, readers encounter condemned lovers, corrupt popes and politicians, thieves, pagans, and a variety of other sinners. Using a reader-friendly translation, we will examine the Inferno’s key themes, the text’s overall message, and its place in cultural and literary history. The course also may include a trip to the Italian Cultural Institute, NYU’s Casa Italiana, or The Morgan Library.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Increased cultural literacy
  • Familiarity with this work by Dante

Ideal for

  • The curious and creative
  • Professionals who use critical thinking
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.