Evil in Thought and Literature 1

07feb2018 21mrt2018


This course offers the opportunity to read and discuss some of the ‘greatest books’ from two different European literary traditions and epochs through the lens of one of the most daunting philosophical problems: evil.

Students will engage with in-depth readings of Dante’s Divine Comedy, Milton’s Paradise Lost in order to explore two of the most prominent imaginaries of evil. This course is specifically designed to accommodate various backgrounds within all fields of the humanities. While focusing on the intersections between literary modes of representation and philosophical thought, this course strongly encourages students to think beyond the limits of disciplines and to gain a broadly informed perspective on landmarks of the European cultural tradition.

This course is designed for students with a background in all disciplines of the humanities. Besides gaining familiarity with three exemplary text of the European canon, students are encouraged to read these books thoroughly in order to develop an in-depth knowledge of them and to relate critically to their own reading experience.

Date, time, location and price

  • Date: 7 February - 21 March 2018
  • Time: Wednesdays, 18:00 - 22:00
  • Number of lectures: 7
  • Location: Oudemanhuispoort, room C0.17
  • Price: 140 / 126 (discount price for AUV-members)

Disclaimer: For the current timetable, always consult the UvA timetable website. The Illustere School is not responsible for changes in the timetable.

Study material

  • Dante Alighieri, Inferno / Purgatorio / Paradiso, Translated by Robert & Jean Hollander. Doubleday / Anchor: New York, 2000, 2003, 2007
  • Milton, John. Paradise Lost. Edited by Alastair Fowler. London: Longman, 1998, 2nd revised edition.

Important information

Course type Open UvA-Course
Education Lectures
Semester/block Semester 2, block 1
Language English
Other You may only attend the lectures, not the seminars or other extras. It is not possible to partake in exams or obtain credits.
Deadline registration 29 January 2018 (subject to availability)


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