Seminar in Medieval Italian Literature: Boccaccio's Mediterranean

FRIT-M603 — Spring 2019

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AC C101
Days and Times
4:00P-6:00P T
Course Description

Joint-offered with MEST-M 502

This seminar will be centered around a reading of Boccaccio’s Decameron as a text that asks scholars to delve deeply into the medieval Mediterranean for insight into its social fabric, source materials, and its embodiment of a world in flux in the wake of a plague. We’ll situate ourselves in contemporary scholarship on Boccaccio, medieval narrative and travel, 14th-century history, and Mediterranean studies, allowing for the formation of a community of scholars who look to engage with Boccaccio from a multitude of disciplinary formations. Attention will also be given to grounding the Decameron in the wide global medieval perspective of frame-tale narratives, from the Panchatantra’s medieval reception (such as Kalila wa Dimna) to the Arabian Nights to the Canterbury Tales. All readings will be available in English, though students with additional language proficiency will be encouraged to work in their languages to produce field-specific research.

Permission required to take class #30543 for 4 credits. Please email Dr. Akash Kumar for this permission.

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