Renaissance Lovers and Fools W18 (ITAL*3400) | College of Arts

Renaissance Lovers and Fools W18 (ITAL*3400)

Code and section: ITAL*3400*01

Term: Winter 2018

Instructor: M. DeCoste


Course objectives:

In this course, students will read Italian Renaissance plays such as Machiavelli's "The Mandrake" and Bibbiena's "Calandria" with special attention to the portrayals of lovers and fools. The course will place particular emphasis on representations of class and gender relations. Additional readings in medieval literature, history, and critical theory will provide background and context for the plays. Lectures and texts are in English. Students registered in ITAL*3400 will meet a fourth hour per week to discuss texts in Italian. This course is offered in conjunction with HUMN*3400.


Learning outcomes:

Having successfully completed this course, you will be able to:

•demonstrate an understanding of the basic structures and elements of medieval Italian poetry and prose and sixteenth-century Italian comedy 

•situate these texts and performances within the larger literary and cultural context of medieval and early modern Italy

•understand and discuss secondary material relevant to this field




You also need to be enrolled in HUMN*3400








Method of presentation:

Seminar style with in-class presentations: ITAL/HUMN*3400 students for 3 h/wk;

ITAL*3400 students : TBA


Evaluation method:



Calendar course descriptions with pre-requisites and restrictions can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar