An Introduction to Western Literature IΙ


Teaching Staff: Nikolaidis Theodosios
Course Code: YE-9500
Gram-Web Code: ΛΟ0902
Course Category: General Background
Course Type: Compulsory Elective
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: Greek
Semester: Any Spring
ECTS: 2
Total Hours: 2
Erasmus: Not Available
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Short Description:

 

The course is entirely devoted to Dante's Inferno. The courses deal with the form of the poem, the significance of number 3, the exact meaning of the word “Commedia” and the stylistic variety of the poem, the architecture of Dante's universe, the use of Aristotle's Ethics and the relation between the different crimes and their punishment. Dante's biography and the historical context are also dealt with.

The aim of the course is to spark the interest of the students in one of the most famous works of Western literature. In view of this, we are trying to provide the 21st-century

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 young Greek reader of the poem with those tools which are necessary for the enjoyment of the work. The Inferno, which is the less “Christian” among the three cantiche of the Divine Comedy is suitable for someone who touches for the first time Dante.

 

Syllabus:

 

Week

Title

 

Dante and his age

2

The significance of number 3: from Dante's rimes to the three cantiche.

3

The structure of Dante's universe. Dante's guides.

4

The Inferno's penal system

5

Inferno 1-4

6

Inferno 5-8

7

Inferno 9-12

8

Inferno 13-18

9

Inferno 19-23

10

Inferno 24-28

11

Inferno 29-30

12

Inferno 31-34

13

Condlusions

 

Suggested Bibliography:

Δ. Καψάλης. Τί σήμαινε γι' αυτούς ο Δάντης. Το βουερό μελίσσι της Θείας Κωμωδίας, Αθήνα 2021

Τ. S. Elliot, Δάντης, Αθήνα 2005

Jacquiline Risset, Δάντης Θεία Κωμωδία και Νέα Ζωή. Μία βιογραφία, Αθήνα 2004

Giovanni Βοcaccio, Η ζωή του Δάντη, Αθήνα 2004

Οδός Πανός, τεύχος Απριλίου-Αυγούστου 2021

 

Δάντης, Η Κόλαση, ελ.μετ. Δ. Μαυρίκιος, Αθήνα 2020


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