ITAL-466 Petrarch: The Theme of Love and the Image of Woman
Offered academic year 2006-2007
Professor McAuliffe
The sonnets, songs, madrigals, and ballads of Petrarch's Canzoniere are the focus of this course. Petrarch's work will be discussed in the context of the humanist movement and of the emergence of the importance and dignity of man. This course will also examine, through a close reading of the texts, Petrarch's intensely emotional search for the understanding of Laura, the self, immortality, and God against the background of the courtly love lyric, the Stilnovo and Dante's literary relationship with Beatrice. Furthermore, the course will examine the interrelationship between the work of Petrarch and developments in the world of art. Lectures, guest lecturers, and supplementary readings will provide a variety of critical viewpoints to enhance the individual reader's understanding of the poems under discussion. Conducted in Italian.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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