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Lecture 12 - Purgatory X, XI, XII, XVI, XVII

Lecture 12 - Purgatory X, XI, XII, XVI, XVII

This video was recorded at ITAL 310 - Dante in Translation. 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. Reading assignment: Dante, Purgatory: X, XI, XII, XVI, XVII Resources: Visual Resources - Lecture 12 [HTML] Textual Resources - Lecture 12 [PDF]


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