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Petrarch & Boccaccio

CWL 414

Same as ITAL 414 and MDVL 414. See ITAL 414.

ITAL 414: Boccaccio's Decameron This course explores Boccaccio's collection of tales, called Decameron, following the adventures of star-crossed lovers and inveterate sinners, ambitious merchants and licentious priests, cunning wives and clueless travelers. Through the Decameron, we will understand a crucial moment of world history, the European Middle Ages and, within it, the Mediterranean culture of circulation and contacts. Readings and discussions in English (with dedicated readings and discussions in Italian for graduate students, majors and anyone interested). Same as CWL 414 and MDVL 414. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Fulfillment of campus rhetoric requirement.