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Danteworlds home page

Danteworlds Web Site

A multimedia journey--combining textual commentary, artistic images, and audio recordings--through the three realms (Inferno, Purgatory, Paradise) of Dante's Divine Comedy. This site contains, in addition to an abridged version of the original commentary in The Complete Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the Divine Comedy and Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the Inferno, Italian recordings of selected verses and a vast gallery of images depicting characters and scenes from the Divine Comedy. Like the books, the Danteworlds Web site is structured around a geographic representation of Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise--the three worlds of Dante's Divine Comedy.

Danteworlds is "an invaluable resource for specialists and novices alike," writes E. S. Hierl (Harvard University) in Choice Reviews Online, "the sort of multimedia experience that those in the digital humanities strive for" (August, 2010). The subject of an interview on the home page of the University of Texas at Austin, Danteworlds was selected for inclusion on EDSITEment in 2008 as "one of the best online resources for education in the humanities," and was featured in the literary blogs of the New Yorker (Jan. 8, 2009) and the Los Angeles Times (Jan. 14, 2009).

Guy P. Raffa

Associate Professor of Italian

University of Texas at Austin TTH 1-2 in HRH 3.104A
Dept. of French and Italian
1 University Station B7600 Phone: (512) 232-5492 or (512) 471-5531
Austin, TX 78712-1197 E-mail:

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Teaching and Research Areas

Recent Awards and Fellowships

Courses Taught at UT: Sample Syllabi


Dante (ITC 349 / E 322) (pdf file)
Dante's Hell and Its Afterlife (UGS 303) (pdf file)
Introduction to Early Italian Literature (ITL 326K)
Italian Civilization (ITC 360 / EUS 361)
Composition and Reading in World Literature (TC 603A)
Composition and Reading in World Literature (TC 603B)
Introduction to European Studies (EUS 305)
Literature and Science (TC 357)
Order and Chaos Across Disciplines (TC 357)


Eco and Calvino (ITL 390L)
Dante I (ITL 390K / MDV 392M)
Medieval Visions and Creations (CL 381 / ITL 390K / MDV 392M)


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July 29, 1998 (last updated on August 18, 2013) © 1998-2013 Guy P. Raffa
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