Dante's "Inferno" in Words and Pictures | Newberry

Dante's "Inferno" in Words and Pictures

Led by Linda Levine. Eight sessions. 2 - 4 pm.
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Thursdays, September 26 - November 14

2 - 4 pm

This class is full. Please call (312) 255-3700.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (August 27 at 9 am** – September 13 at 4 pm): $280
Regular Registration Price (September 13 at 4 pm – first day of class): $308

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

This class is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 to be added to the waitlist.

Seminar Description

700 years after it first appeared, Dante’s Inferno still fascinates readers. Dante dramatized his descent into the underworld as a powerful experience that evoked such emotions in him as fear, anger, pity and horror. In this course, we will read and discuss the Inferno, while seeking to understand the historical, religious, political, and artistic climates that influenced the work. We will also view artwork from dozens of artists over the centuries in order to understand how artists depicted Dante as well as the Inferno’s characters, settings, and punishments.

Eight sessions. E - $280, L - $308

Linda Levine holds an MA in English education from Northwestern University. She has taught English and humanities courses for several decades, including previous seminars at the Newberry.

Materials List


  • Dante Alighieri (translated by John Ciardi), The Inferno. Modern Library, 1996. ISBN: 978-0679602095

First Reading:

  • For the first class please read cantos 1 - 3 of The Inferno.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.