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Evil in Thought and Literature 1

This course offers the opportunity to read and discuss some of the ‘greatest books’ from two different European literary traditions and epochs through the lens of one of the most daunting philosophical problems: evil.

You will engage with in-depth readings of Dante’s Divine Comedy, and Kafka's The Trial, in order to explore two prominent imaginaries of evil. This course is specifically designed to accommodate various backgrounds within all fields of the humanities. While focusing on the intersections between literary modes of representation and philosophical thought, this course strongly encourages students to think beyond the limits of disciplines and to gain a broadly informed perspective on landmarks of the European cultural tradition.


dr. T.R.V. (Thomas) Nys

Lecturer Coordinator

dr. E.A. (Elio) Baldi

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Romaanse talen en culturen

Day, time, location and costs

  • 4 February - 17 March 2020
  • Tuesday from 17:00-21:00
  • Location: Oudemanhuispoort C0.17
  • Costs: € 150 (AUV-members € 135)

For the current study schedule, please consult the UvA timetable website. 

Important to know

Type  Open UvA Course
Teaching method Lectures
Language of instruction English
Study material 

Dante Alighieri, Inferno / Purgatorio / Paradiso, translated by Robert & Jean Hollander, Doubleday/Anchor, New York, 2000, 2003, 2007.
Franz Kafka, The Trial, translated by Mike Mitchell, Oxford University Press 2009.

Other information You can only audit an OUC, which means that you may only attend lectures and cannot attend seminars, take part in the examination, or obtain ECTS credits.
Deadline registration  24 January 2020 (subject to availability)

Public programme Humanities

This Open UvA Course is part of the Faculty of Humanities' public programme. Beside Open UvA Courses, the public programme also comprises special lectures and series of courses. The public programme is intended for alumni, employees looking for extra training, and all others who are interested in art, culture, philosophy, language and literature, history and religion.

Evil in Thought and Literature 1
Mode Open UvA Courses
Credits 0 ECTS, 7 weeks
Language of instruction English
Starts in February