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ITAL 716 01 (13049) /CPLT705
Boccaccio's Decameron
Giuseppe Mazzotta
T 3.30-5.20 WLH 012
Fall 2013 
 
This course is an in-depth study of Boccaccio's Decameron. Beginning with Boccaccio's theory of poetry in the Genealogie Deorum Gentilium and including an excursus on the Corbaccio, we address Boccaccio's philosophy of storytelling and poetics in his most important vernacular work. We also consider the literary heritage that Boccaccio inherited from the Roman, French, Proven├žal, and Italian traditions, alongside examples of major currents in Boccaccio studies. By reading the Decameron in the context of other related works, we are able to address more fully key critical issues such as Boccaccio's ideas about nature, ethics, politics, gender, authority, and religious and civic institutions, as well as broader theoretical issues such as reader response, gendered discourse, literature as philosophy, and narratology, among others.

Students of Italian read the text in the original, but students of other disciplines may approach it in translation.