This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of well-known Italian authors from the fourteenth to the twentieth centuries. Classes will cover various issues that run through this enormous diversity of material: politics, religion, gender, sexuality, history, language, and the symbolic uses of landscape description. By midterm you will already have been introduced to nearly all the Italian authors we will be studying. In the second half of semester, we look at them again, reading different extracts from the same texts, and focusing on the influence of Italian literature on English literature. Meets with REL 300.1.
Semesters: Fall, Spring