Survey for Approaches to Teaching Dante’s Divine Comedy, second edition

Edited by Christopher Kleinhenz and Kristina Olson

This survey is designed to gather information about instructors’ methods and materials for teaching Dante’s Divine Comedy, for the purpose of developing a new volume on the topic in the MLA series Approaches to Teaching World Literature. Respondents are invited to answer the questions related to their teaching below. They are also encouraged to submit a proposal for a contribution to the volume. Proposals and survey responses are due by 1 July 2014, after which the survey will no longer be available online. All respondents will be acknowledged in the published volume.

Please answer the questions on the form below and click Done when you are finished. Your responses will be collected by the volume’s editors. If you wish to submit an essay proposal for the volume (see item 18 for requirements), please send it by e-mail to both Christopher Kleinhenz ( and Kristina Olson ( Thank you for helping in the development of this important project.

* 1. Personal Information

2. Describe the course(s) in which you have taught Dante’s Comedy. Please indicate course title and type (e.g., introductory, survey, genre, special topics, graduate, high school), which edition or translation of the text you have used, and how much time you devote to it (if the poem is only one of several works in the course).

3. Why did you choose a particular edition or translation for your course(s)?

4. Do you incorporate other works by Dante (e.g., Vita Nuova, Letter to Can Grande) in the course? If so, which ones and why?