[Cross-listed with Italian 303]
Shifting Identities in Medieval and Early Modern Italy
This is a course that aims at blending the visual and the literary arts that flourished in the Italian peninsula from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. We will follow a chronological order, moving from Dante to Ariosto, from Giotto to Raphael and Michelangelo. However, this order also reflects a geographical one, as different centers of patronage became prominent at different moments in time.
We will therefore look at Palermo and Sicily during the 12th and 13th centuries, Florence and Tuscany from the 13th to the 16th, Bologna-Ferrara-Venice in the 15th and 16th; finally, approaching the Rome of the Renaissance will also give us the opportunity to look at her ancient, classical heritage. We will read excerpts from some of the major texts that were produced in these various areas, and familiarize ourselves with the evolution of the visual arts.
If you are planning a trip to Italy at some point in the future, don’t miss this course! Decisions on where to go, where to stay and which wines to taste will rest on your organizational skills; but you will know all the ins and outs necessary to plan a culturally exciting journey and decide for yourselves which regions’ cultural identities are closer to your interests.
Kaborycha, Lisa. A Short History of Renaissance Italy. Prentice Hall, 2011.
Dante, Vita nuova, tr. S. Applebaum. Dover, 2001.
B) Highly recommended (available at Koerner Library Reserve Room): Schneider Adams, Laurie. Italian Renaissance Art. Westview Press, 2001.
Selections from the following Primary Texts (format TBA):
Dante, The Divine Comedy.
Petrarca, Canzoniere and other works.
Pico della Mirandola, On the Dignity of Man.
Machiavelli, The Prince.
Castiglione, The Courtier.
Renaissance Women Writers.
ITST 231 and ITAL 303 are cross-listed, i.e. students cannot enrol in or get credit for both. Students enrolled in ITAL 303 will do some of their readings in Italian.
For the syllabus and more detailed information, please go to Connect once you have registered.
Language of instruction: English