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12. Purgatory X, XI, XII, XVI, XVII

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Dante in Translation (ITAL 310)

In this lecture, Professor Mazzotta moves from the terrace of pride (Purgatory X-XII) to the terrace of wrath (Purgatory XVI-XVII). The relationship between art and pride, introduced in the previous lecture in the context of Canto X, is pursued along theological lines in the cantos immediately following. The "ludic theology" Dante embraces in these cantos resurfaces on the terrace of wrath, where Marco Lombardo's speech on the traditional problem of divine foreknowledge and human freedom highlights the playfulness of God's creation. The motifs of human and divine creation explored thus far are shown to converge at the numerical center of the poem (Purgatory XVII) in Dante's apostrophe to the imagination.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Cantos X, XI and XII: Virtues and Vices
06:51 - Chapter 2. Aesthetic Education
15:44 - Chapter 3. Canto XI: Reversal of Perspective
21:54 - Chapter 4. Canto XII: Punished Pride
28:11 - Chapter 5. Canto XVI: Marco Lombardo: Political and Legal Arguments
40:09 - Chapter 6. Canto XVII: Visions of Anger; Approaching the Center
51:25 - Chapter 7. Question and Answer

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses

This course was recorded in Fall 2008.

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