Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale Firenze, 16 December 2009 “ MyDante and Ellipsis: Defining the user’s role in a virtual reading community” Frank Ambrosio Associate Professor, Philosophy Eddie Maloney Assistant Professor, English; Director of R & D, CNDLS Theresa Schlafly Writer & Editor, CNDLS Center for New Designs in Learning & Scholarship, Georgetown University
3 LEVELS <ul><li>First, the literal, narrative level of the story of Dante the Pilgrim's journey from the Dark Wood to the Final Vision. </li></ul><ul><li>Second, the ironic and metaphoric level communicated by the artistic choices Dante the Poet makes regarding characters, episodes, images, and themes. </li></ul><ul><li>Third, the reflective level, contained in the reader's personal responses to the poet's testimony, in the form of a dialogue between poet and reader. </li></ul>
“ 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
<ul><li>“ 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.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Ulysses and the Sin of Deception” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Judgment and the Ego” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Who is Satan?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ How Do We Tackle Sexuality in Light of Today’s Discussion?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Some thoughts on Sartre’s No Exit and the infinitude of hell” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Do I Need a Beatrice to Love?” </li></ul>
“… 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…”
Multimedia Project <ul><li>“ 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.” </li></ul>
<ul><li>“ 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 other texts.” </li></ul><ul><li>– Rob Begin, student </li></ul>
THANK YOU! GRAZIE! GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY dante.georgetown.edu
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