What is the course about?
It is an introduction to the third realm: Paradise. We will talk about the nature of Paradise in Dante’s medieval mind and we will read extracts from the cantos.
What will we cover?
We will look at the general structure of Paradise and touch on the key characters described by Dante. We will read and comment passages from a couple of cantos.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Have an understanding of the structure of Paradise
- Learn the importance of the spiritual guide: Beatrice
- Have a basic grasp of the main theological ideas that influenced Dante’s writing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This lecture will be conducted in Italian and is therefore aimed at those of you with an advanced level of the language. It is suitable if you are attending Italian 4 or 5 at Citylit or have an equivalent level.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is a lecture and is therefore tutor-led. Facts will be presented through the use of video clips, PowerPoint presentations, hand-outs etc.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other cost. Students will just need to bring a pen and paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any level 4 or 5 Italian courses; other Italian seminars or short courses.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details