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IT1230 Politics, Religion, and Love : the Italian Three Crowns (Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio)

IT1230 Politics, Religion, and Love : the Italian Three Crowns (Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio)

Terms 1-2

Convenor: Dr Stefano Jossa 

Assessment:

Essay 30% (1,200-1,500 words); Exam: 60%; Essay Outline (Moodle Test): 10%

Plus one formative piece of work (commentary), not counting towards the final mark

Overview

The course aims to introduce students to the life and works of the Tre corone – Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio, known as the Three Crowns – the three major writers of the Middle Ages and early Renaissance in Italy. The works of these three writers have inspired many subsequent writers, artists, dramatists and film makers, and their influence from the start has extended outside Italy, across Europe and beyond. Students will also be introduced to some of the fundamental ideas about literature in the Middle Ages.

The first term begins with an introduction to themes and ideas in the literature of the Middle Ages – autobiography, love, writers and readers – to provide a firm basis for the study of the three great writers of the Italian Middle Ages. The course then continues with a close, detailed reading of Dante’s earliest work, the Vita nuova in which he tells the story of his love for Beatrice. In the second term the course covers a selection of the poems Petrarch wrote for his lady, Laura, which later inspired lyric poetry all over Europe, and a selection of the stories from Boccaccio’s most famous work, the Decameron. Visual and dramatic interpretations of the work of these three authors will also be included in the course.

Bibliography

Texts:

 Dante, La Vita nuova, trans. B. Reynolds, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2004. ISBN: 9780140449471

 Petrarch, Canzoniere, trans. A. Mortimer, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2002. ISBN 9780140448160

 Boccaccio, The Decameron, trans. G.H. McWilliam, 2nd edition, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1995. ISBN 9780140449303

 

  
 
 
 
 

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