Posted in Literature, Poetry, and Books by Peter W. Schramm
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:
not a video game and it's not CliffsNotes--Danteworlds
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.
2:29 PM / August 16, 2010
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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.