110: Literature and Culture of the 13th and 14th Centuries: Boccaccio: Il Decameron

TuTh 11-12:30 | 6331 Dwinelle | Instructor: Albert Ascoli

Units: 4 Satisfies L&S Arts & Literature breadth requirement.

Class Conducted in Italian; Readings in Italian (translations available)

This course will examine the late-medieval masterpiece of Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron, on its own terms and in its social and literary-historical contexts.  Special attention will be paid to Florentine culture of the 14th century, as well as to Boccaccio’s complex debt to the Commedia of Dante Alighieri, and to his crucial friendship with Francesco Petrarca.

Boccaccio, Decameron
Dante, Inferno
David Wallace, Boccaccio: Decameron
John Najemy, A History of Florence, 1200-1575

Course Requirements:
Participation; frequent in-class reports; shorter writing assignments; several shorter papers (2 pages); final essay (8-10 pages)

Prerequisites:  Italian Studies 101A or equivalent.