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Note: This course will not be offered during the Summer 2017 term. Please look for alternative offerings.
This course examines late medieval masterpieces by three authors from the region that becomes Italy: Dante, Boccaccio, and Petrarch. Students will learn the terminology of literary analysis and practice interpreting literary works in their historical and cultural contexts, with attention given to form. Readings will be in modern English translation.
- Students will recognize, define, and use the basic terminology of literary analysis, including terms for the forms and conventions of the genres of early Italian literature.
- Students will be able to methodically analyze lyric poetry, narrative and epic poetry, allegory, and prose fiction (e.g., by summarizing the plot; by characterizing the diction, imagery, mood, and tone; by explaining symbols; by deciding on a central theme).
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of medieval Italian culture, especially the economic, political, and religious systems that shaped medieval literary works.
- Students will be able to use critical strategies (e.g., gender studies, cultural studies, Marxism, etc.) to evaluate medieval works in their ideological contexts.
- Students will demonstrate cultural literacy and appreciation by comparing and contrasting both medieval and contemporary Italian cultural practices with American cultural practices.
- Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron, trans. G.H. McWilliam (2nd ed.), Penguin Books. ISBN 9780140449303
- Dante Aligheri, The Portable Dante, trans. Mark Musa, Penguin Books. ISBN 9780142437544
- Additional readings, including selections from Petrarch’s Canzoniere, will be provided by the instructor.