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Fall 2014-2015
* ITA 302 (LA)   No Pass/D/Fail

Topics in Medieval Italian Literature and Culture - Petrarch's Lyric Poetry

Simone Marchesi

Considered by many the greatest scholar of his age, a successful rival to Dante, the revered teacher of Boccaccio, Petrarch bequeathed to posterity the most beautiful sonnets ever written in the Florentine vernacular. In the course, we will study the "Canzoniere", his collection of lyric poetry, a book which shaped the language of love in the European Renaissance, and a sample from his "Trionfi". The texts will be analyzed in relation to their historical and cultural context and for the impact they will have on modern European Literature.

Sample reading list:
Petrarch, Lyric Poems
Petrarch, Trionfi
Course Packet,

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading 30-50 pp. of primary texts and secondary literature per week. Students will be required to prepare two 1,500 word final analysis reports (one in each half of the term). In preparation thereof, students will choose one poem from the "Canzoniere", present it to the class, lead discussion, and incorporate feedback into their final report.

Mid Term Exam - 20%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 30%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Course taught in Italian. One 200-level ITA course or permission of instructor required..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21369 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   East Pyne Building   245   Enrolled:6 Limit:20