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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Spring 2010


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37040 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
MEZ 2.122

Course Description

This course will be taught in Italian In this course we will read and discuss selected works from the Middle Ages and early modern period. All reading, writing and discussion will be in Italian. Since love is a central, unifying theme of many course texts, we shall consider several of its nuances and representations: spiritual love; adult sexual and emotional intimacy; family relationships; friendships; group solidarity; and love of one's homeland. In addition to selections from Dante's Inferno and Boccaccio's Decameron, we will read and discuss works by Francesco d'Assisi, Angela da Foligno, Caterina da Siena, Giacomo da Lentini, Guido Guinizzelli, Guido Cavalcanti, Cecco Angiolieri, Compiuta Donzella, Francesco Petrarca, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Vittoria Colonna, Niccolò Machiavelli, Gaspara Stampa, Galileo and Virginia Galilei. We will strategically use materials from contemporary Italian culture—including popular music (Ferro, Nek, Giorgia, Alexia, Jovanotti) and Pasolini's film adaptation of the Decameron—to put these works of early Italian literature into dialogue with more recent representations and issues.

Grading Policy

Two exams: 50% Two essays: 25% Preparation and participation (including quizzes): 25% Regular attendance is required: No student who misses more than 6 classes (3 weeks) for any reason can complete the course with a passing grade.


Dante Alighieri, Inferno (Garzanti, 2008)
Francesco Petrarca, Poesie ((Bonacci, 1996)
Course packet (I.T. Copy, 512 W. MLK Blvd; phone: 476-6662)


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