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ITA3470 - Dante

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader(s): Raffaele Lampugnani


Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)


The aim of the subject is to introduce students to the works of Dante Alighieri, the most important poet of the Middle Ages, through a reading of the 'Divina Commedia'.


On completion of this subject students should have acquired an understanding of:

  1. The history and culture of Italian medieval society.

  1. The novelty of the Italian language at the time Dante wrote.

  1. Basic notions of Italian metrics, including canzone, sonnet; the basics of Italian rhyme, terza rima.

  1. Uses of simile, metaphor, imagery, allegory, myth, in Dante's work.

  1. What "love" meant to poets at the time.

  1. Dante's vision of monsters, retaliation/punishment, Hell, the Heavens.

  1. Dante's vision of Italy and Europe, Church and Empire.

They should be able to demonstrate the ability to analyse critically selected Cantos from the 'Divine Comedy'.

In addition, students taking the subject at fourth-year level should be familiar with different theoretical perspectives on the ideas and processes treated in the subject.


Written work: 40%
Exam: 40% (2 hours)
Seminar participation tasks: 20%

Contact hours

3 hours (2 lectures and 1 tutorial) per week


Completion of second year Italian or equivalent knowledge of the language

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