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An Introduction to Dante’s Inferno (cantos 1-9)

Thurs. 6pm Eastern

Course Description: The first canticle of Dante’s Divine Comedy.  Following one background meeting, we will read and discuss a canto of Inferno per week, learning about the structure of Dante’s beyond and its relation to the poet’s life, times, and broader oeuvre. Taught in English.


Level: The class is suitable for first-time readers of Dante. Experience reading Italian and/or pre-modern literature are ideal, but not required. If there is demand for it, the course can be supplemented with an additional break-out session for Italian-readers (circa 30 minutes).

Textbook: The Durling & Martinez facing translation (Oxford UP). 
Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

Regular price $250.00

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Kristen Hook

Kristen is a Ph.D. student in UC Berkeley’s department of Italian Studies, where she also received an M.A. Prior to graduate study, she earned a B.A. in Italian Studies and Latin from the American University of Rome, worked for Paideia’s Rome office, and participated in FIDEM’s program in Medieval manuscript studies.

She specializes in late-Medieval and Renaissance literature and philosophy, with a background in Dante studies. Her current work is on the reception of Guido Cavalcanti in the circle of Marsilio Ficino.