To Hell and Back with Dante: A Reading of the Inferno


Course Description

February 2022 Update: This course will now take place entirely on Zoom.

Midway on our life’s journey, I found myself
In dark woods, the right road lost.

As we celebrate Dante on the 700th anniversary of his death, we recall his depiction of being led by Virgil on his famous journey through Hell, in the Inferno, the first part of the Divine Comedy. 

In this course, we will read Dante’s Inferno as he wrote it, in the language of poetry. We will be particularly attentive to the questions Dante asks about the meaning of human life in relation to “God”; about death and the afterlife; and about justice, mercy, and love. 

Since poetry is the language of the emotions and the imagination, we will bring our own experience to the shared reading of Dante’s words. We will explore the poetry of the Inferno to see if it still has the potential to illuminate our life’s journey today.

Books to Purchase (will be available at Argo Bookshop during the weeks prior to the course beginning):

    • The Inferno of Dante: A New Verse Translation by Robert Pinskybilingual edition (9780374524524 )
    • The Aeneid Book VI by Seamus Heaney (9780374525316)

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 14 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Details

First Session: Tuesday 15 March 2022

Course Length: 12 weeks, Tuesdays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Discussion Team: Moira Carley, Jim Queen, Zoe Shaw

Degree Credit: 3.0 credits

Course Fee: 

$150.00 (standard tuition)
$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (standard tuition)
$135.00 (promotion for new students)

Course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

Students pursuing studies for credit are encouraged to consult with their advisers as they register for courses.

Course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers, should call (514) 935-9585 to pay by phone or to schedule an appointment to pay in person.

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