- Akash Kumar
- Days and Times
- TR 11:30A - 12:45P
- Course Description
Fulfills GenEd World Cultures and A&H requirements.
We tell each other stories to live. This course will center around Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron, a collection of stories written in the wake of the plague that devastated Florence in 1348. We’ll consider the connection between storytelling and survival, whether in the wake of devastating disease or political crisis, as we move across the medieval world through Indian, Persian, and Arab traditions of storytelling. And we’ll make our way to global contemporary reflections of this impulse to tell stories in a time of plague, with authors such as Salman Rushdie, Uzodinma Iweala, and Margaret Atwood.