ITAL 8810 Lyric Poetry from Giacomo da Lentini to Petrarca (Fall: 3 )
This seminar will survey Italian lyric poetry, the most dynamic and prestigious genre of the medieval period in which the literary language was being formulated. The course will cover the development of lyric poetry from the thirteenth-century Scuola Siciliana to the sixteenth-century petrarchisti, but the principal focus of the course is the Canzoniere of Francesco Petrarca. Discussions will include orality and manuscript/print transmission of poetry, the complex relation of the individual poet to the tradition, the theory of imitation, and literary Neoplatonism.
Instructor(s): Laurie Shepard
Last Updated: 24-Jun-17