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ITAL 8808 Challenging Authority: Ariosto, Machiavelli and Aretino (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

The course examines the emergence of literature that directly confronts political, religious and textual authority in the early decades of the sixteenth century in Italy, when political and religious leadership was in crisis, and the imperative of humanism to question literary and philosophical authority was well established. Works of different genres by Ariosto, Machiavelli and Aretino will be explored with two questions in mind: What are the limits to the freedom of these authors to challenge authority? Do challenges to authority produce innovative ideas, or are they merely satirical attacks that did not promote new thinking?

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Laurie Shepard

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Italian
Open to undergraduates with permission of instructor

Last Updated: 24-Jun-17