MyDante and Ellipsis: Defining the User’s Role in a Virtual Reading Community

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Slides from presentation at the Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale conference in Florence, December 2009.

Slides from presentation at the Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale conference in Florence, December 2009.

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  • 1. MyDante
  • 2. dante.georgetown.edu
  • 3. 3 LEVELS First, the literal, narrative level of the story of Dante the Pilgrim's journey from the Dark Wood to the Final Vision. Second, the ironic and metaphoric level communicated by the artistic choices Dante the Poet makes regarding characters, episodes, images, and themes. Third, the reflective level, contained in the
  • 4. “Using MyDante was a holistic learning experience. It added a different dimension to the class that there was so much you could experience outside of it. It was like having twice as much class time.” - Lauren Funk, student
  • 5. “The journals are a private space in which to think about what we discuss in class and what we read by Dante and relate it to our own lives.” •“Ulysses and the Sin of Deception” •“Judgment and the Ego” •“Who is Satan?” •“How do we tackle Sexuality in Light of Today's Discussion” •“Some thoughts on Sartre's "No Exit," perverse trinity relationships, •the infinitude of hell” •“Do I Need a Beatrice to Love?”
  • 6. “…I worry sometimes that I might be making a mistake similar to Dante in line 77 by trying to fit all reality into a particular worldview; either out of ignorance or timidity.” “Reading Canto XXX and Canto XXXI I imagined myself like Dante, hiding his shame with beard pointed dejectedly towards the ground…” 
  • 7. Multimedia Project “This process definitely helped me reflect on the meaning of the poem in my own life, as the images I chose provided a visual bridge between Dante and myself.”
  • 8. “Due to MyDante, the course become far more than a philosophy course. It became an interactive journal, a colloquium, a journey, and a cross- disciplinary synthesis of scholarship…. My experience with MyDante is invaluable in continuing to interpret the poem’s meaning and in forming strategies for evaluating
  • 9. THANKS! GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY dante.georgetown.edu