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A Descent Into Dante’s Inferno: An Allegorical Journey, Then & Now


Adult Enrichment / Special Interest -
Fall 2021

It’s the year of Dante! 2021 marks the 700th anniversary of the death of the father of the Italian language and author of The Divine Comedy, a magnificent poem consisting of 14,233 hendecasyllabic verses written in terza rima, which was invented by Dante (aba, bcb, cdc…). La divina commedia profoundly influenced the entire Western culture, from Botticelli, Blake, and Dalí, to Milton, T. S. Eliot, and Joyce, among others. The last grand work of the Middle Ages, it is also a harbinger of the Renaissance and Humanism. We will examine Dante’s Inferno, the first canticle of The Divine Comedy, through the historical and literary point of view as we read some of its most poignant verses in Italian and English. Recommended for purchase and used in class is Robert M. Torrance’s Dante’s Inferno, A New Translation in Terza Rima, Xlibris, 2011.

Photo: Dante shown holding a copy of the Divine Comedy, next to the entrance to Hell, the seven terraces of Mount Purgatory and the city of Florence, with the spheres of Heaven above, in Domenico di Michelino’s 1465 fresco. Source: Wikipedia

Irena Rasin

Irena Stanic Rasin is an author, translator, and teacher. She holds master’s degrees in English and Italian language and literature and is currently pursuing her PhD in Croatian philology in the intercultural context.

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