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Dante - Shared Study

AnonymousBystander
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Hi All

On the goodreads.com site they have book clubs where they read a book and discuss it ... I'm currently following though not participating in a thread about Ovid's Metamorphoses.

I was wondering if anyone would be up for something similar ...

What I propose is that we clear our schedules for the Autumn (Sept/Oct) to go through the Divine Comedy on the Edx site ( https://www.edx.org/course/the-divine-comedy-dantes-journey-to-freedom ).  They have a course starting on 20th July for 8 weeks ... I propose we miss that one (too short notice) and try and all meet back for the Autumn.

In response ... could you add to this thread by expressing an interest and asking any questions that you may have.

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I appreciate that there's very little interest for this thread, nevertheless ... before entering the city of Dis (in Canto 9) the MOOC instructors suggest watching The Act of Killing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-349HTKhPno ... (I'm currently fortifying myself to watch it ...)

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i'm sorry, it's not for lack of interest (i could use the education) but the cooler weather's breaking this week and so i'll be outdoors doing farm stuff way too much. couldn't commit to the time for it. :flower:

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No problem ... thanks for the comment.  I'm sure you can pick it up as time permits ... (all the cutting has been done where I am and some of the ploughing etc ...)

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If you could hold off for like two weeks, til my High Holidays are over, I would be INCREDIBLY interested. The Divine Comedy is one of the most important works of my classic literature education. I just won't be able to give proper attention to anything til after the 22nd or 23rd.

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Hi Inechoingsilence ... you can join at any time and catch up .... any comments or thoughts or thoughts you have along the way would be most welcome ...

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AnonymousBystander said:I appreciate that there's very little interest for this thread, nevertheless ... before entering the city of Dis (in Canto 9) the MOOC instructors suggest watching The Act of Killing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-349HTKhPno ... (I'm currently fortifying myself to watch it ...)

I watched the film, here's what someone else thought of it http://mydante.s3.amazonaws.com/media/library/docs/Commentary%20on%20The%20Act%20of%20Killing,%20Canto%209.pdf from the MOOC course work and gives some interesting links within it.  Also, Peter Dale Scott's poem Coming to Jarka https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/49857/coming-to-jakarta-a-poem-about-terror was about the same subject.  Although this thread is about Dante's Divine Comedy, I'll give a quote from Scott's poem since ...

II.iv

I am writing this poem
              about the 1965 massacre
     of Indonesians by Indonesians

which in an article ten years later
              I could not publish
     except in Nottingham England with

a friend Malcolm Caldwell who has since
              himself been murdered
     no one will say by whom but I will guess

seeing as this is
              precisely poetry
     the CIA's and now Peking's Cambodian

assassins the Khmer Serai
              In that article I estimated
     a half-million or more

killed in this period
              it took Noam in a book
     suppressed by its first publisher

to quote Admiral Sudomo
              of the Indonesian junta
   more than 500,000



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