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Fall 2017
Nov 27, 2020
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ITAL 335 - Sacrd & Sec Love in Medi Europ
This coure analyzes the development of love poetry in Europe from 1200 to 1400. Among the authors considered are Marie de France, Arnaut Daniel, William IX of Aquitaine, Andreas Capellanus, Guillaume de Lorris, Alfonso X of Castile, Guido delle Colonne, Guido Cavalcanti, Dante Alighieri, Francis Petrarch, Giovanni Boccaccio, Geoffrey Chaucer. Texts will be placed into their culture context and discussed critically, underscoring the tensions between sacred and secular approaches to poetry. We will analyze different literary strategies aimed to reconcile sacred and secular principles of love and will assess literature's role as a means of physical and metaphysical knowledge. The climax of this progression will be shown in works as Dante's Comedy and Petrarch's Canzoniere. The course is conducted in English. Readings will also be in English. 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Italian Department

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