The Dolce Stil Nuovo and Dante

Fabian Alfie
Tuesdays 1 PM - 4 PM (AZ Time)
September 28, October 5, 12, and 19, 2021
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The Dolce Stil Nuovo and Dante

Fall 2021
In Session
1 PM - 4 PM (AZ Time)
September 28, October 5, 12, and 19, 2021


Main Campus



Throughout the ages, expressions of passion and commitment have been central to love poets. This course will focus on the medieval foundations of Italian poetry—and by extension, the rebirth of European literature. The movement known as the dolce stil nuovo (sweet new style) redefined love in the late Middle Ages; no longer was love simply the pastime of medieval nobles, but it was now elevated to a philosophical or religious plane. The great poet Dante Alighieri (1260-1321), author of the Divine Comedy, was at the center of this literary movement, as his youthful experience with love poetry shaped him as an artist. Dante’s Vita Nuova (New Life) probably represents the pinnacle of his love poetry, and very likely the pinnacle of the literature of the dolce stil nuovo.

NEW - Hybrid Course Format

  • All classes will be delivered both in person and online via live video streaming. Students will enroll in their preferred format during registration.
  • In person classes will be held in the Rubel Room at the University of Arizona's Poetry Center (1508 E Helen St, Tucson, AZ 85721). Enrollment for in person classes is limited by classroom capacity and offered on a first come, first served basis. All students attending on campus will observe the relevant University of Arizona policies designed to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 (more information here). Students who enroll to attend in person will also have complete online access to the course including all class recordings.   
  • Online students may attend all classes via live video streaming and will be able to participate in all course Q&A sessions with the professor in real time. Students may also access class recordings for a limited time to assist those who may not be able to attend the live class times. Online access will be password protected and only available to enrolled students.

Registration will open online on Monday, August 9, 2021 at 8 AM (AZ Time)

Course Registration

Meet Your Professor

Department of French and Italian

FABIAN ALFIE received his Ph.D. in Italian from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a specialization in the Middle Ages. He has published extensively on medieval Italian literature and has given numerous talks on Dante. He has received two Superior Teaching Awards from the Humanities Seminars Program, as well as a Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Humanities.      


Poetry Center
Dorothy Rubel Room
1508 E Helen
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States
Located on the SE corner of Helen Street and Vine Avenue, one block north of Speedway and three blocks west of Campbell Ave.

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