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ITAL 8843 Courting Power: Castiglione and Machiavelli (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

Centuries before Covey's 1989 classic, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Castiglione's Il libro del Cortegiano became an international and perennial best seller. Castiglione offers a prolonged and often poignant conversation about taste, manners, masculinity and femininity, influence, and power in a court. It inspired a raft of guides to good conduct for people of all classes, both male and female. The meaning and success of such texts, past and present, will be explored as a reflection of the psyche of the early-modern period and today.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Laurie Shepard

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Italian.


Last Updated: 07-Dec-13