The Banished and the Damned: Italian Writers in Exile, from Dante to Galileo|
Spring 2015 not offered
Italy in the Renaissance was not a single nation but a patchwork of small states and shifting alliances. Those who ended up on the wrong side of power were in danger of reprisals. Many left their native cities to avoid this, while others were formally banished. Together, these educated exiles created a "contrary commonwealth" who maintained links to fellow intellectuals through correspondence. This course will consider what it meant to write literary and intellectual works from exile in Italy of the period 1250-1650, especially whether exclusion served to silence or to stimulate these writers. We will read from famous authors such as Dante, Petrarch, Machiavelli, and Galileo and also from less-well-known figures such as Brunetto Latini, Guittone d'Arezzo, Cino da Pistoia, and Veronica Franco.
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Brunetto Latini, TESORETTO
Dante, DE VULGARI ELOQUENTIA
Machiavelli, DISCOURSES ON LIVY
All other readings will be distributed electronically.
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Two presentations written up as short blogposts to the class blog. A mid-term essay. A final research paper.
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