Spring 2010 Dante II

Spring 2010
Dante II
ITL 390K (37080), crosslisted with MDV 392M (41425): TTH 11-12:30 in MEZ 2.122
Guy P. Raffa, Dept. of French and Italian, HRH 3.104A; 471-6390
E-mail: [email protected]; Home page: http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~guyr
Course Conducted in English; Reading Knowledge of Italian Required
This course is the second half of a two-semester sequence focused on Dante’s Commedia and his
other works. This semester we will read the second half of the Purgatorio (cantos 18-33), the
Paradiso, books 2 and 4 of the Convivio, the De vulgari eloquentia, and the Eclogues. Placing
our close reading of these texts within a series of literary, intellectual, and historical contexts, we
will attend to Dante's engagement with works by classical authors (Virgil, Ovid, Lucan, Statius,
Cicero) and other medieval poets, philosophers, and theologians. The Danteworlds commentary
and the complementary Web site (http://danteworlds.laits.utexas.edu) will provide much of this
background material and help guide your reading of the Commedia. Since a goal of the course is
to become familiar with major voices in Dante Studies, our discussion of Dante's works will be
informed by selected works of criticism (available on Blackboard).
Twice during the semester you are required to write a brief response—both descriptive and
analytical—to one of these critical works. For your final research paper (25-30 pages, with full
documentation) you are encouraged to revise and expand your paper from Dante I. You are
expected to attend class regularly, to be well prepared, and to participate actively in class
Grading Policy
Two 500-1000 word critical responses (10% each): 20%
Research project (paper and presentation): 50%
Class preparation and participation: 30%
Required Texts: Purgatorio (Garzanti, 2008); Paradiso (Garzanti, 2006); Convivio (Garzanti,
2005); De vulgari eloquentia (Cambridge, 1996).
Optional: The Complete Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the Divine Comedy (Chicago, 2009)
Critical Works on Blackboard and PCL Reserve (with indication of assigned pages)
Wetherbee, The Ancient Flame: Dante and the Poets (161-88, 196-202), Musa, Advent at the
Gates (111-28), Hawkins, Dante's Testaments: Essays in Scriptural Imagination (54-71, 15979), Singleton, Dante Studies 2: Journey to Beatrice (15-38), Mazzotta, Dante's Vision and the
Circle of Knowledge (34-55, 154-96), Barolini, Dante's Poets (57-84), Havely, Dante and the
Franciscans (123-53), Schnapp, Transfiguration of History at the Center of Dante's "Paradise"
(14-35), Raffa, Divine Dialectic (147-64, 178-86), Ascoli, Dante and the Making of a Modern
Author (67-129), Cestaro, Dante and the Grammar of the Nursing Body (49-76), Moevs,
Metaphysics of Dante's "Comedy" (147-67), Botterill, Dante and the Mystical Tradition (64107), Freccero, Poetics of Conversion (245-57)
ITL 390K (37080): Additional Information
Grading and Plagiarism
All assignments will be graded on a 100 point scale and converted to letter grades consistent with
university policy:
A (94-100) = 4.0, A- (90-93) = 3.67, B+ (88-89) = 3.3, B (84-87) = 3.0, B- (80-83) = 2.67, C+
(78-79) = 2.3, C (74-77) = 2.0, C- (70-73) = 1.67, D+ (68-69) = 1.3, D (64-67) = 1.0, D- (60-63)
= 0.67, F (below 60) = 0.0
Plagiarism, intentional or not, will result in an automatic F on the assignment as well as possible
disciplinary action. For the definition of plagiarism and the University's policy on it, see:
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Dante II: Spring 2010
1/19: Course Overview; Purgatorio 17-19 (Abbot of Saint Zeno, Pope Adrian V)
1/21: Purgatorio 20-22 (Hugh Capet, Statius)
1/26: Purgatorio 23-24 (Forese Donati, Bonagiunta da Lucca); Wetherbee, The Ancient Flame:
Dante and the Poets (161-88, 196-202)
1/28: Purgatorio 25-27 (Guinizzelli, Arnaut Daniel); Musa, Advent at the Gates (111-28)
2/2: Purgatorio 28-30 (Matelda); Hawkins, Dante's Testaments: Essays in Scriptural
Imagination (54-71, 159-79)
2/4: Purgatorio 31-33 (Beatrice); Singleton, Dante Studies 2: Journey to Beatrice (15-38)
2/9: Paradiso 1-2 (Moon)
2/11: Paradiso 3-5 (Moon); Mazzotta, Dante's Vision and the Circle of Knowledge (34-55)
2/16: Paradiso 6-7 (Mercury)
2/18: Paradiso 8-9 (Venus); Barolini, Dante's Poets (57-84)
2/23: Convivio, Book 2
2/25: Paradiso 10-11 (Sun)
3/2: Paradiso 12-13 (Sun); Havely, Dante and the Franciscans (123-53)
3/4: Paradiso 14-15 (Mars); Schnapp, Transfiguration of History at the Center of Dante's
"Paradise" (14-35)
3/9: Paradiso 16-17 (Mars); Raffa, Divine Dialectic (147-64, 178-86)
3/11: Paradiso 18-20 (Jupiter)
3/23: Convivio, Book 4, chapters 1-17
3/25: Convivio, Book 4, chapters 18-30; Ascoli, Dante and the Making of a Modern Author (67129)
3/30: Paradiso 21-22 (Saturn); Mazzotta, Dante's Vision (154-73)
4/1: Paradiso 23-24 (Fixed Stars)
4/6: Paradiso 25-26 (Fixed Stars); Mazzotta, Dante's Vision (174-96, 270-75)
4/8: De vulgari eloquentia
4/13: Cestaro, Dante and the Grammar of the Nursing Body (49-76); Paradiso 27-28 (Fixed
Stars, Primum Mobile)
4/15: Paradiso 29-30 (Primum Mobile, Empyrean); Moevs, Metaphysics of Dante's "Comedy"
4/20: Paradiso 31-32 (Empyrean); Botterill, Dante and the Mystical Tradition (64-107)
4/22: No Class (individual conferences on 4/19-21)
4/27: Paradiso 33 (Empyrean); Freccero, Poetics of Conversion (245-57)
4/29: Eclogues; Paper Editing (complete draft of research paper due)
5/4: Research Presentations
5/6: Research Presentations; Research Paper Due