Italian 111 Spring 2012 Flyer

Italian 111 Spring 2012 Flyer - Boccaccio We will read...

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Italian 111 / MedRen 111A Tuesday and Thursday 2:50 - 4:05 Professor Martin Eisner / 07 Languages / [email protected] Course Description This course introduces students to the history of medieval and renaissance Italian literature through close readings of texts from a variety of genres ( lyric, narrative, drama; political treatises; historical, autobiographical, and mystical writings ) by major authors ( Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Catherine of Siena, Poliziano, Machiavelli, Ariosto ) . Students will learn di f erent techniques of analysis and develop a basic understanding of historical periods and literary genres. This year’s course will focus on the so - called Tre Corone ( Three Crowns ) of Italian Literature, Dante, Petrarch, and
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Unformatted text preview: Boccaccio. We will read selections of their works and explore how they were received and used by later authors in the construction of an Italian literary identity. Materials from a wide range of media, from maps to movies, will provide further insight into the historical periods and focalize our interpretations. We will also take several trips to Special Collections to examine medieval manuscripts and early editions for what they can tell us about how these works were received and what kinds of critical apparatus ( notes, diagrams, images ) were added to help readers understand them. All texts will be available via Blackboard, except for Dante’s Vita nuova, which can be purchased at the Duke Textbook Store. Duke University, Spring 2011...
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