ITA 460 Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio and the Dawn of the Renaissance 3 credits
This course explores intersections between the lives and the major works of the three "crowns" of Italian literature: Dante Alighieri [1265-1321], Francesco Petrarca [1304-1374] and Giovanni Boccaccio [1313-1375]. By reading selections from Dante’s Commedia, Petrarch’s Canzoniere and Boccaccio's Decameron, the course aims to contextualize and interpret the literary masterpieces that marked the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Renaissance. We will touch on the social world in which the three crowns lived, highlighting the authors’ conceptions of politics, theology, philosophy and the visual arts. Throughout the course, particular attention will be granted to the rivalries, friendships and collaborations that unite the three crowns of Florence. Conducted in Italian.
Prerequisite ITA 301-302 or permission of the instructor Satisfies the GER/GEP Art/Literature requirement.