Dante, Petrarch, Poliziano, Machiavelli, Pirandello, Moravia, and Calvino are some of the writers whose works we will be reading in English translation. This course is designed to bring works of Italian literature to the attention of students who may have or may not have any knowledge of Italian. Many works of Italian literature found their way to France, Spain, and England where they were read, translated and disseminated. In all of these nations the process of assimilation of Italian things influenced life, language, politics and literature.
The aim of this course is to read the selected Italian works in translation. We will examine their structure, novelty and relevance to their times, and to our own times as well.