Deciphering Dante’s Divine Comedy: Love, Redemption, and Our Human Condition

Podcast-style audio course - 21 Topics
Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
Gettysburg College
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Deciphering Dante’s Divine Comedy: Love, Redemption, and Our Human Condition

Podcast-style audio course - 21 Topics
Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
Gettysburg College
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00

 

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Can Dante’s masterwork change your life today? Written over seven hundred years ago, Dante’s Divine Comedy remains a classic of the Western literary canon and one of the most masterful poems ever written. Join Italian literature expert Alan Perry to discover why its commentary on the human condition still resonates strongly today.

In this powerful audio course, you’ll learn why The Divine Comedy is profoundly meaningful not only to Christians but to anyone grappling with the big questions of existence and morality. Through 21 compelling audio lectures, you will experience Dante’s encounters wi

 

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Can Dante’s masterwork change your life today? Written over seven hundred years ago, Dante’s Divine Comedy remains a classic of the Western literary canon and one of the most masterful poems ever written. Join Italian literature expert Alan Perry to discover why its commentary on the human condition still resonates strongly today.

In this powerful audio course, you’ll learn why The Divine Comedy is profoundly meaningful not only to Christians but to anyone grappling with the big questions of existence and morality. Through 21 compelling audio lectures, you will experience Dante’s encounters with significant characters in each realm, asking questions such as What does it mean to be a good person? Why do bad things happen to good people? and What is so troubling about moral failure and sin?

Throughout the course, you’ll witness Dante’s skillful weaving of Classical and Biblical literary traditions and learn how the events of his own life informed the text. Through his memorable exchanges with different souls who teach him about the struggles of sin, the call to forgiveness, and the joy of heavenly bliss, you’ll see why this poem retains such timeless appeal.

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Alan R. Perry is Professor of Italian at Gettysburg College, where he teaches courses in Italian language, literature, history, and culture. Trained as a generalist in all areas of Italian literature, each fall he teaches the popular seminar “Dante’s Divine Comedy: The Poet, The Pilgrim, The Prophet.” Prof. Perry holds a Ph.D. in Italian literature from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Praise for Alan Perry

“Alan Perry is quite simply one of the greatest college professors teaching in America today. His knowledge of Italian language, literature, and culture is exhaustive, but he wears his learning lightly, so his lectures are much more like enthusiastic conversations with a wise old friend than a dry recitation of facts. Listen at length to Alan Perry and you will learn a great deal about Dante and Petrarch and Boccaccio, to be sure, but you will gain much more than that: you will learn to understand and to appreciate how these figures have much to teach us about our own lives today, how the Italian Renaissance shaped the modern world, and how it provides us with a valuable vantage point from which to peer back further into antiquity.”
–Christopher R. Fee, Professor of English, Gettysburg College

Alan R. Perry is known at Gettysburg College for his outstanding teaching. Because of this strength as an effective teacher and communicator, he has also taught on several occasions at Middlebury College’s Scuola Italiana, a summer full-immersion experience in learning Italian language and culture. He brings a passion to his teaching that matches up with in-depth preparation. As a well-rounded and genuine humanist, he teaches Dante; his seminars on the Italian poet are very popular. In all these areas of scholarship he has made important and lasting contributions.”
–Dino S. Cervigni, Professor Emeritus of Italian, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

“It is hard to speak of Professor Perry in anything but superlatives. As well as having top-level research strengths, Professor Perry has proven to be an excellent teacher, mentor, curriculum developer, and leader in the field of Italian studies. His list of professional achievements points to an active researcher who is able to turn research expertise into engaging lectures in the classroom. He cares passionately about his work, his students, and his classes.”
Michael Lettieri, Professor of Italian and Vice-Dean, University of Toronto, Mississauga

With a wealth of valuable experience in teaching Dante’s Divine Comedy to undergraduates, Alan Perry now extends his knowledge of and enthusiasm for the poem – its beauty, grandeur and lessons – to a much broader and receptive audience. Alan has that rare ability to make the reading of the Comedy become a personal journey for his students, a pilgrimage through the three realms of the afterlife in the multiple quest for an understanding not only of the nature and punishment of sin (Inferno), but also of the dynamic, transformational quality of penitence (Purgatory) and the ethereal beauty and eternal joy of salvation (Paradise). Just as Dante had Virgil and Beatrice as guides in his pilgrimage, new readers today will benefit from having Alan Perry as their mentor on their voyage of discovery through the poem.”
–Christopher Kleinhenz, Carol Mason Kirk Professor Emeritus of Italian, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Dante Alighieri's Life and the 13th Century Florentine Political Scene: An Overview
  • Dante's Great Books: Works that Shaped the Divine Comedy
  • Inferno 1-3, The Journey Begins: Help in a Dark Wood
  • Inferno 5: The Francesca Façade
  • Inferno 10: Farinata's Assumptions and Interruptions
  • Inferno 13-17: Pier and Brunetto: Counterfoils
  • Inferno 19: The Simonists: The Sacramental Mockery of a Pope Hole
  • Inferno 26-27: Ulysses and Guido: ""Go Ahead and Listen to Me""
  • Inferno 30-34: To Eat or to Be Eaten?: Ugolino and Ruggieri's Icy Eucharistic Parody
  • Purgatorio 1-6: Ante-Purgatory: ""Wait! They're Not Supposed to Be Here!""
  • Purgatorio 9-10: Through the Gate and onto Pride: Shaping Humility
  • Purgatorio 16-17: ""Tina Turner, Love Has Everything to Do With It"": Free Will and Love
  • Purgatorio 21-22: ""No, not a 'Station Break,' it's a 'Statian Quake'""
  • Purgatorio 27-33: Virgil's Valedictory and the Hand-Off
  • Paradiso 1-6: Following in Dante's Wake
  • Paradiso 10-11: Aquinas is to Francis as Bonaventure is to Dominic
  • Paradiso 16-18: Cacciaguida: Dante Gets His Commission
  • Paradiso 20: The Mystery of Ripheus
  • Paradiso 22-26: Dante's Cumulative Exams; Peter, James, and John
  • Paradiso 30: The Heavenly Rose in Light of the Paltry Globe
  • Paradiso 31- 33: Bernard's Paradoxical Prayer and a Flash of the Heavenly Vision

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