Nearly 700 years after his death, Dante persists as a presence in contemporary culture, with new translations that come out almost every year, and many adaptations and references in literature, film, television, and the like. But there are those who have objected to the reading of the Divine Comedy in the global 21st century, arguing that it is racist and sexist, homophobic and anti-Semitic. In this course, we will consider what it means to read a 14th-century poem in the here and now.
From medieval classics to contemporary films, our undergraduate courses offer a broad range of topics to deepen your understanding of the cultures of Italy, France, and French-speaking regions of the world, both in English and in French or Italian. We look at literature and cultural production in a broad context, considering comparisons with and influences on contemporary culture in the U.S. Exploring film, literature, history, linguistic study, and cultural phenomena in French or Italian presents an immersive experience that leads you to greater fluency and language comprehension.