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Dante's World

A friend sent me this note from The New Yorker about a site on Dante, called Danteworlds.  It is worth a look.  From The New Yorker: 

It's not a video game and it's not CliffsNotes--Danteworlds is "an integrated multimedia journey" through Dante's "Divine Comedy." Situated somewhere in cyberspace between EverQuest and Solitaire, it's a terrific way to lose a month's worth of lunchtime in a cubicle. Most literary texts don't lend themselves to the "integrated multimedia" approach, which often just whisks readers off the page into biographical or literary analysis land and strands them there. But, in the case of "The Divine Comedy," and perhaps other epic poetry--the Odyssey comes to mind--the approach is a perfect marriage of medium and message, launching the reader right into the allegorical action, heightening rather than dulling appreciation and comprehension.

I like it, but especially like the brief Italian in the audio section.  Bellissimo.

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Thanks, I'll use this next time (here's hoping) I get to teach the text. You're right that the best thing is the Italian audio, and let's hope they add more of that.

BTW, I found that far and away the best text to use was that produced by the Hollanders of the Princeton Dante Project. Fine translation, exceptional notes.

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