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Dante in Translation (ITAL 310)
The final cantos of Inferno are read with a view to the role of the tragic within Dante's Comedy. Using Dante's discussion of tragedy in the De vulgari eloquentia as a point of departure, Professor Mazzotta traces the disintegration of language that accompanies the pilgrim's descent into the pit of Hell, the zone of treachery, from the distorted speech of Nimrod in Inferno XXXI to the silence of Satan in Inferno XXXIV. The ultimate triumph of comedy over tragedy is dramatized by the pilgrim's ascent, by means of Lucifer, onto the shores of Mount Purgatory.
00:00 - Chapter 1. The Mode of the Tragic 05:19 - Chapter 2. "De vulgari eloquentia" 19:45 - Chapter 3. Canto XXX: Juno, Myrrha, Sinon 22:47 - Chapter 4. Canto XXXI: The Giants; Theory of Perspective 35:10 - Chapter 5. Canto XXXII: More on the Question of Perspective; Tragic Representation 59:27 - Chapter 6. Canto XXXIV: Satan 01:01:03 - Chapter 7. Canto XXXIII: Inventing the Poetic Myth of Purgatory 01:03:46 - Chapter 8. Question and Answer