ITAL530 - MEDIEVAL ITAL LITERATURE

Medieval Italian society, art, intellectual and political history. Please check the department's website for the course description. http://www.sas.upenn.edu/italians/graduate/courses
Section 401 - SEM
This course will focus on women visionary writers in Italy between 1200 and 1700, from the early Franciscan Claire of Assisi (d. 1253) and the famous Dominican, Catherine of Siena (d. 1380) to the Dominican Lucia Brocadelli (d. 1544) and the Franciscan Maria Domitilla Galluzzi (d. 1671). Each author will be placed in her historical context, with the help of secondary sources, but our focus will be on reading the original texts. All texts will be available in English, but reading knowledge of Latin and Italian will be very useful. We will pay special attention to: changes in Christian life ending in the Council of Trent (1545-1563); connections between these visionary texts and more ‘literary’ writings of these centuries; and distinctions scholars have made between ‘mystical’ and ‘visionary’ authors in the Christian tradition.
W 0400PM-0600PM
MATTER, E
WILLIAMS HALL 320