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Dante’s Vita Nuova

Tues. 6pm Eastern

Course Description: We will read Dante’s youthful libro della memoria: the prosimetrum chronicle of Dante’s poetic “initiation.” We will also take our reading as an opportunity to discuss early poetic and linguistic forms. Discussion can be conducted either in Italian or English, as per group vote.


Level: Experienced Italian readers only.  The course is suitable, too, for those with good reading knowledge of modern Italian, but who would like guided practice reading medieval Florentine.
Textbook: Text available online via Columbia’s Digital Dante.  Recommended critical edition, for those who would like, is Corti and Colombo (ed. Feltrinelli).
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.