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

Spring 2005

ITL 326K • INTRODUCTION TO ITALIAN LITERATURE: MIDDLE AGES - 18TH CENTURY

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34265 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
HRH 3.102A
BIOW

Course Description

This course will focus on a wide variety of writings in the vernacular in the Italian Middle Ages and Renaissance. On the one hand, we shall examine works of popular culture: carnival songs, burlesque poetry, mock epics, and writings with gross comic strategies to them. On the other hand, we will examine works of elite culture: treatises, Petrarchan sonnets, polished romances. Some of the authors discussed in the course will be (probably): Cecco Angiolieri, Berni, Burchiello, Lorenzo de'Medici, Poliziano, Macchiavelli, Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Ariosto, Castiglione. We will also visit the Harry Ransom Center and try to read some of the manuscripts and printed material from the period.

Grading Policy

Two exams: 50% Written assignments (3 papers): 30% Class participation and oral presentation: 20%

Texts

Dante, Inferno Packet

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