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


Adult Enrichment / ACE Highlights -
Winter 2023

Dante Alighieri, the father of the Italian language, wrote The Divine Comedy, a magnificent poem consisting of 14,233 hendecasyllabic verses in a form of his own invention, terza rima (aba, bcb, cdc…). La Divina Commedia profoundly influenced not only the Italian language and literature, but the entire Western culture, from Botticelli, Blake, and Dalí, to Milton, T. S. Eliot, and Beckett, among others. The last grand work of the Middle Ages, it was 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 and enjoy reading select passages 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 Stanic Rasin

Irena Stanic Rasin is an author and translator and has been teaching at Arlington Community Education since 2006. She holds master’s degrees in English and Italian language and literature and is currently pursuing her PhD. Irena is one of this year's recipients of the Harvard Club of Boston Friends of Education Award. www.irenastanicrasin.comwww.perlinapress.com

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  Irena Stanic Rasin


Online
Mondays, Jan 30 - Mar 27
7:00 - 8:30 PM

  No Class Feb 20


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Price: $ 149 00