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The Structure of the Italian Poet's 'Inferno'

Thus it handicaps the understanding of the student and puts the burden of explanation more on the instructor. Be sure to have the students click on the key first, as it provides a helpful guide through the idiosyncratic notation found throughout this site.

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The rest of the website is simple enough to understand. If you begin with the Dark Wood icon, you will be presented with a typical sample of the presentation of the first episode see Figure 2. They are helpful for students to imagine the landscape and characters, but are frustrating in their poor quality. Another double-edged feature of this website is the explanations of characters or objects if you click on the icons. As I said, this is merely an introduction to the Inferno , meant to give a taste to students who will explore this book much further.

It is arranged by circle, rather than by canto and, again, presents a challenge to understanding the work in its entire complexity. Dante did imagine his underworld in circles, but he formulated the poem in cantos. Again, it is up the instructor to teach such poetic details. The interactivity of the website is enlivening and useful for keeping the attention of over-stimulated teenagers. However, the main function of the website is the encyclopedic comments on most every subject in the Inferno. The quality of the commentary ranges from the perfunctory to the reasonably extensive for this format.

For instance, if we compare the notes on the five ancient poets in Limbo and the annotations on Brunetto Latini, we see a vast difference in the comprehensiveness of the comments. Including Virgil, three of these poets are easily the most influential writers in the history of the Western European canon. And yet they are all relegated to a paragraph. Despite this quibbling over the relative number of words afforded to each topic or personage, Danteworlds is extremely helpful to student and teacher. Not only does everything have a note, but there are multiple images for many of the subjects of the circles.

Also, of particular help to instructors are the study questions at the end of each circle. Two of my favorites from the circles just sampled are. What connections do you see among Geryon, the cord, and the leopard? How might this new information help us to interpret the three animals—the leopard, the lion, and the she-wolf—from canto 1? The first is a question I always ask my students or one that they come up with on their own. It leads them to the idea that Dante might suffer from a form of hubris that lead him off the diritta vita. The second question links the categories of sins that the first three beasts represent directly with the examples in the following cantos.

This sort of connection is helpful when analyzing the themes around which you wish to build your curriculum. However, this site is little more than a skeleton with some flesh on it, as all compendiums of comments will be. For those who wish to vivisect the Inferno with a virtual Virgil by their side, the next two sources are the most comprehensive of all.

The first source, the Dante Project at Princeton University is much more than just a website about the Commedia. This is really a multimedia interactive world that could be used at any level of Dante study from high school to graduate school and can be as effective for teachers and professors alike.

However, there are a few tricks to manipulating this site. Caveat magister : This entire series of pages works with pop-ups; abandon all blocking devices, you who enter here. If you have any open browser windows, clicking a link will populate them automatically. Make sure it does not take over a window that you were using for something important. I recommend you right click the link and open every new link in a separate page or tab, but it may get a little confusing if you open too many. Lastly, when searching something in the commentaries or the images, it will take you to your results without an apparent way to go back.

I will endeavor to explain a few of the secondary links before I delve into the text because they are of importance to our discussion of the use of the interactive text. The only problem , for those who are not familiar with the work of these artists, is that both often depict the souls as Dante would have us see them: naked with all their body parts exposed. If you wish to restrict the viewing for liability reasons, be sure to search before the students do.

Or, as I do, I run it by the administration and explain to the students that these are not sexualized beings with the possible exceptions of Paulo and Francesca , but souls in torment whose bodies are contorted and punished by being exposed to their punishments. The group of sixteen-year-olds gets the giggles out in the first few minutes and then it is a non-issue. The audio links are best used within the text of each canto. There are helpful zodiacal diagrams and family trees and regal ascendancies for all the major powers mentioned. These searches are available while you read the text, but if you wish to find something quickly, you can use this page.

It is possible to refine the search in the Commedia , the most obvious of the search functions. However, if you do not know Italian, it is better to use this function to search only proper names be sure to use capital letters.

It is almost everything that any student of Dante could hope for in one place. The individual notes are available in the text, but, again, if you wish to know about the extensive commentaries made about Paulo or Francesca for research or curriculum planning, then be sure to utilize this invaluable tool. They are helpful musing by Robert Hollander, professor emeritus of Princeton University, about the topics listed. Since he is the main source of the Dante Project, it is at least useful for many aspects.

His bibliography is more extensive than anything compiled except by a professional organization. Unfortunately, this biography is only a good source for students who read Latin and Italian. For others, it is not quite as helpful. I recommend both for reasons that will become apparent.

As you can see below In Figure 6 ,. They are scroll over links. These macro-research tools are useful in the ways outlines and make each canto an all-inclusive tool for understanding. The side bar of each canto is also cross-referenced to the searches on the front page, but these are all specific to each canto and methodically researched and cataloged. These are all obviously excellent tools for helping students understand the text better. With the Harkness method, I assign the students the task of coming in with at least one explanation from the commentary and an image from each canto for the discussion.

This comprehensive website engages students on the textual, visual, and musical levels, but does not have an audio of either the English or Italian like the Princeton Dante Project. If you go to the homepage, you are presented with a crisp website that is easily navigated. Simply click on the canticle you want or on the section of the painting on the homepage that corresponds to your desired canticle, in this case the Inferno see Figure 7.

I will begin with an outline of the salient textual features this time because they are not cross-referenced and are slightly more divorced from the secondary sources that in the Dante Project. When you click on the canticle, you will find a brief explanation of the canticle and a scroll-down that will take you to a dual-language version of the poem. The English version is that of Allen Mandlebaum, an excellent translation.

The most salient feature of this textual version is the easy to use references on the side. These notes are extremely brief, with Beatrice taking up only a paragraph. Also, as mentioned above, the images have all been cross-referenced to every item in the text of the cantos.

The other key resource on this website is the maps link. These are all in color and in far greater detail than the similar resources on the Princeton Dante Project. There are zodiacal maps that detail each reference that Dante makes to the stars and there are articles on the astronomy in the Middle Ages, the Empyrean, and the spheres of the universe and how they relate to the Earth and its geography. The Commedia is brilliantly brought to life by this site as no other has before it.

The timeline link is a fluid. The resources of the World of Dante are very good. The search is not case sensitive, as in the PDP. The search has a different functionality, not citing canto and line and then giving the actual lines from which the reference is taken, as the PDP does, but rather taking you there in a separate tab if you click the appropriate reference.

Holkham misc. How do different artists depict the same entity i. Minos, Geryon?

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Ask students to study and analyze the context in which certain terms appear in the poem. Searching for Beatrice will produce the all the passages in which Dante uses epithets, antonomasia and other naming devices to describe her. These are all activities designed to get students using this particular website, essentially making this a fantastic marketing tool, but it is effective for teachers searching for topics to explore. That would be like saying that Virgil is embedded into the Commedia as a reference for Dante.

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Super Reviewer. Movie Info. A priest investagates paranormal activity at a nuns' convent where a deep, dark secret is about to resurface in the guise of murder!


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Andrew Ray. Oct 18, The Other Hell is a forgettable horror film that has very little going for it. It's not worth picking up unless you want a good laugh. The Other Hell is about a priest who is sent to a convent to investigate the sheer lunacy of a bunch of nun's gone nuts. The plot is too straightforward and too simple to maintain the audience interest.

The plot never explains much of what is going on nor does it have any character development. I knew I was immediately in trouble when the film just abruptly started in some cemetery and would set the tone for abrupt cuts. In the first six minutes, I hear a nun say "The genitals are the door to evil! The vagina, the uterus, the womb; the labyrinth that leads to hell; the devil's tools! This is one of the weirdest line I've ever heard in a movie. The nun letter goes ahead and cuts the uterus, unfortunately the rest of the movie is not as hilariously written.

Aside from what appeared to be an actual Chicken decapitation, the movie itself is tame. There is little blood and even less plot to keep you awake during the entire duration. The soundtrack on the other hand is fantastic, if this was for an 70s or 80s cop show that is. The soundtrack is overused and some tracks are recycled from other superior horror film. The acting is laughably bad, there was not a single actor that gave a convincing performance.

The direction is simply clueless often showing us a cat for no reason. The director should have probably filmed a scene with a real baby instead of just simply using a doll for some reason. The editing is bad in general and it's not just abrupt cuts. The audio often time the audio just stays silent at times even when someone talking. The ending just comes out of nowhere and with no end credits. No end credits, that's the first time that happened since I've seen The Ninja Squad a couple of months back. The Other Hell is unintentionally funny, but with very little and dead simplicity makes this dull to sit through for most of it duration.

The Other Hell is a forgettable film that has little value to offer it viewers. Caesar M Super Reviewer. Oct 22, Another poorly executed effort by Bruno Mattei. A bloody mess of a film all set in convent were grisly murders are taking place with the suspicion of Demons at play prompting a couple of priests to investigate. Those familiar with Bruno Mattei will know his films have a fun entertaining side no matter how bad they turn out, this one sadly didn't have too much of this "so bad it's good" vibe.

It actually is a boring film at times. The Goblin musical score is completely out of place killing the atmosphere rather than enhancing it, which is a shame as the location used was quite good and provided a fitting backdrop to the film. It's occassionally bloody and starts off with a nasty little scene where a female embalmer mutilates a dead nun's vagina removing and fondling the uterus! But overall it's too slow and stupid, nothing gels together and it lacks the sleaze which would have made it more watchable for a film of its type.

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May 25, Run-of-the-mill gory Italian fare with less than subtle rips on Exorcist and Carrie and a recycled soundtrack from Goblin. While not awful, it's not great; it does however have some great unintentionally funny moments. And, uh, Flixster, this sure as hell aint a PG movie.

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