Dante Alighieri Questions for English 256, Intro to Theory and Criticism, Chapman University Fall 2012

DANTE ALIGHIERI QUESTIONS FOR E256 INTRO TO THEORY AND CRITICISM

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Assigned: From Il Convivio (186-88); "Letter to Can Grande" (188-90).

From 'Il Convivio, Book 2, Chapter 1

1. How do Dante's comments about the complexities or levels of interpretation (186-88) compare to those of Thomas Aquinas (182-84)?

From "Letter to Can Grande"

2. Choose a passage from the Bible and offer your own brief "fourfold exegesis." Alternately, offer a brief multi-level interpretation of any passage from any text. (general question)

3. If you have read all or part of The Divine Comedy, briefly illustrate how Dante follows his understanding of interpretation in his own work. In other words, find a passage that you believe signifies on more than one level and explore it in that regard (general question).

Edition: Leitch, Vincent B., ed. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism. 2nd ed. New York: Norton, 2010. ISBN 978-0-393-93292-8.