ENG-383 Dante’s Divine Comedy: Narrative Thomism (Annotated Bibliography)


Throughout Sacred Scripture and indeed throughout the whole history of mankind, God has patiently enacted a divine condescension in order to gather His children into the abode of Truth. Man first moves toward the light of Truth with the aid of natural revelation, which operates within the constructs of reason, laying the groundwork for a response to Divine Revelation. In his Comedia, Dante Alighieri employs this pedagogical character of the movement of man toward the Divine. By examining the elements of Virgil’s teaching methodology, I hope to gain insight into the characteristics of this effective instruction, which entails gradual explanation and demonstration leading to the eventual independence of the pupil. Reason can only take us so far before we must leap into the arms of Faith when approaching divine Truth.

Annotated Bibliography:

  • Auerbach, Erich. Dante: Poet of the Secular World. (New York: NYRB Classics, 2007).
    • This book was recommended to me by a fellow scholar. I have yet to receive it, but I have looked at the index and read reviews. It seems to go into depth about the structure and subject matter of the whole of the Commedia. 
  • Freccero, John. Dante: The Poetics of Conversion. (Harvard University Press, 1988).
    • This book goes into the conversion process that takes place within Dante. I have yet to receive this book in the mail, but it was recommended to me by a friend who has studied Dante in depth.
  • Royal, Robert. Dante Alighieri: Divine Comedy, Divine Spirituality. (The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1999).
    • This book explores the man who is Dante, the pilgrim. Having intimate knowledge of the pupil aids in comprehending instructive methods that ought to be used.
  • Tate, Allen. “The Symbolic Imagination: A Meditation on Dante’s Three Mirrors. The Kenyon Review. Vol. 14, No. 2, The Dante Number (Spring, 1952), pp. 256-277. Published by: Kenyon College. Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4333324
    • This article ventures to expound on the pedagogical process, although not directly focused on Virgil and his teaching methods. It does shed light on Dante’s movement toward the Divine, and how this comes about.
  • Triggiano, Tonia Bernardi. “Dante’s Heavenly Lessons: Educative Economy in the Paradiso.” Essays In Medieval Studies 26, no. 1 (February 2010): 15-26. History Reference Center, EBSCOhost (accessed February 14, 2015). http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=khh&AN=58648992&site=ehost-liv
    • This article explores primarily the Paradiso, but it also touches on teaching methods of Virgil in the Commedia.

Etsy vs. Pinterest

This blog post is an assignment for my Theology and Social Media course:

Etsy is a marketplace where individuals can start their own little online story to sell what usually tends to be handmade goods. Customers can favorite items and start a collection of goods they would like to purchase perhaps at a later date. Pinterest is more of an image-based website, where you collect images for things like styles of clothing you prefer or home decorating or even your favorite funny memes and e-cards. Photos on Pinterest do have links from their source, often where you can purchase the item if you desire. Actually, a lot of photos on Pinterest come from Etsy. I don’t think their is a necessity to create a Catholic or Christian version of these sites. Rather, I think it is important to maintain a presence amidst the secular interests because, after all, we Christians do not compartmentalize our lives. Christianity is rather something that permeates all aspects of our lives. Also, one might post a thoughtful Christian meme on Pinterest the a non-Christian could appreciate. Non-Christians won’t be exposed to the light and beauty of Christianity if we insist on having our own sites, our own buildings, our own stores. We ought not be ashamed to wear our Christianity on our sleeves, and we shouldn’t be erecting walls between Christians and non-Christians. They may be putting up walls, but we should be breaking them down, not reinforcing them.

Satan Chokes the Spiritual Throats of Man


I just wanted to share with everyone a blogpost I wrote as my midterm for my online class “The Church and WWII,” which I am taking at Holy Apostles College and is taught by Professor Voccola.

Check out my post here: Satan Chokes the Spiritual Throats of Men,  it is mainly based off a book called Priestblock by Fr. Jean Bernard, who endured much alongside numerous other priests at the Nazi concentration camp Dachau. I received an A for the midterm, so that is  a huge consolation (it’s 25% of my grade).

I’m extremely ignorant of history, and so I love learning about it, although I am awful at retaining information about it normally. This class uses multiple forms of media including movies, books, audio lectures, and online articles. It’s been a great way for me to learn, better than any other history course I’ve ever taken. I’m so blessed to have discovered this program, and I am so grateful to have this opportunity to finish my degree studying Theology and Humanities at a Catholic college. This is such a wonderful program, and it is so affordable. I would highly recommend it.

God Bless!!