This course traces Italian literature and thought from the origins to early modernity (13th-17th century), looking at major figures such as Dante, Michelangelo, and Galileo. By considering a broad spectrum of genres (poetry, epic, short stories, letters, comedy, treaties, dialogue, librettos), it examines questions of love, sin, beauty, power, appearance, truth, deception, and civility across the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and up to the Scientific Revolution. Taught in translation, but with original texts made available, the class is appropriate for students who may or may not have knowledge of Italian.
This is a Core Curriculum Literature class. No prerequisites.