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ITAL 8812 Boccaccio and Petrarca (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

Tradition has designated Petrarch's Rerum vulgarium fragmenta or Canzoniere and Boccaccio's Decameron as opposite poles of fourteenth-century Italian literary innovation. Nevertheless, the friendship between the two men was profound and productive, and has been called the most important in the history of Italian literature. The class will explore the friendship, preserved in letters, and the complex and moral concerns shared by the two authors as they are expressed in the two great masterpieces.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Laurie A. Shepard

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Italian
Elective for Italian major or minor
Open to undergraduates with permission of instructor.


Last Updated: 24-Jan-14