ITAL537 - BOCCACCIO

Boccaccio's life and work in the context of Italian and European culture and society.
Section 401 - SEM
A close reading of a set of Boccaccio’s key vernacular works, including the Filocolo (his first independent literary text, an elaborate “adventure” romance), the Amorosa visione (a 1st-person allegory, his only work in terza rima), the Tratatello in laude di Dante (his laudatory, “mythical” biography) and the Decameron (his vernacular masterpiece). We will focus on issues of structure, language, genealogy, history, and authority. Special attention will be given to Boccaccio’s “hybridity” and to his rewritings of model authors in Latin, Italian, and French (esp. Ovid, Dante, and the Roman de la Rose). The course will be taught in English and cross-listed in Comparative Literature. Students taking it for Italian credit will do the readings and written assignments in Italian.
R 0200PM-0500PM
BROWNLEE, KEVIN
WILLIAMS HALL 516