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This subject concentrates on selected cantos of Dante's Inferno. Students will develop techniques which will enable them to analyse the poetic language of the Inferno. Guided readings in secondary material will give students an understanding of some of the key medieval concepts of the Inferno. The subject is designed so that students will be in a position to appreciate and analyse one of the most impressive poems in western literature. By the end of the subject, students should have acquired some understanding of the basic theological, philosophical and literary concepts of the Inferno and have developed critical strategies for interpreting its poetry.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to interpret and analyse a critical literary text in Italian within its historical context;
- have strengthened the capacity to understand and use linguistic structures and literary skills in an academic context. Improve the ability to communicate effectively in Italian both in writing and speaking;
- be specialised in Italian literary studies and gain the skills to conduct research on historical issues in Italy through the analysis of literary texts;
- have developed an ability to apply research skills and discuss key aspects of Italian studies with a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship;
- be able to appreciate Italian culture and history by studying a critical text in Italian literature;
- have developed an increasing ability to analyze Italian language and culture from the perspective of a culturally aware global citizen;
- be able to demonstrate increasing autonomy and independent research skills as well as a deeper knowledge of Italian culture and language;
- be able to act confidently in Italian-speaking milieus and demonstrate an awareness of cultural and historical contexts in Italy.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have an understanding of social, political, historical and cultural contexts and international awareness/openness to the world: through the contextualisation of judgements and knowledge, developing a critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and new aspects of Italian culture, and by formulating arguments;
- be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically: through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussion and class presentations;
- have developed public speaking skills and confidence in self-expression: through tutorial participation and class presentations.
Last updated: 16 June 2020