ITAL 8807 Tasso and His World (Spring: 3 )
The course explores Tasso's Gerusalemme liberata in the context of late sixteenth-century Italian society, a period when the Church sought to extend its moral authority. Turks threatened invasion, Protestantism was severing nations from the Church's body, and the known world was expanding rapidly. Tasso portrays Christian soldiers gradually becoming aware of their egocentric lust for sex and glory, then repenting to find their way back to a society governed by obedience and Truth. Readings will include Tasso's writings on aesthetics, excerpts from his Gerusalemme conquistata, and works on politics, religion, and exploration.
Instructor(s): Laurie Shepard
Last Updated: 07-Dec-13