ITAL 8805 La Novella Premoderna: Boccaccio, Sercambi, Sermini, Masuccio e Bandello (Fall: 3 )
The seminar focuses on Boccaccio's Decameron, a fourteenth-century masterpiece. With this collection of tales Boccaccio sought to renew and elevate the bourgeoisie, then emerging as the dominant class in Florence, and in the final analysis the Decameron teaches us the difficult lessons of personal virtue in troubled times. The invention of the novella genre, the author's art of narration, and the author's device of a frame to structure the interpretation of his tales will be among the topics discussed.
Instructor(s): Laurie Shepard
Last Updated: 07-Dec-13