Dante's Paradiso

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 2:00am to Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 5:00am
Helen S. Schaefer Building Dorothy Rubel Room 1508 E. Helen Street Tucson, Arizona 85721

This is a multi-session seminar and must be taken as a series.

Fabian Alfie, Department of French and Italian

Wednesdays 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
July 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013

Using a facing-page translation, we will deal with the climax of Dante’s Divine Comedy. While Inferno depicts sin and evil, and Purgatorio portrays redemption, Paradiso illustrates the possibility of transcendence. Not only does a blessed soul understand the transcendent universe, but that person also transcends her or his fallen human nature. In this seminar we will cover the numerous historical personages and references in the work, and discuss its cosmological and theological basis. Dante’s Paradiso is the culmination of the Comedy, illustrating the perfect nature of the universe, as driven by “the love that moves the sun and other stars.” 

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