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Words and Sex: Storytelling, Censorship, and Boccaccio's Decameron
ITAL 216
Spring 2024
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: COL 293

We will explore literary genres and representations of sex and gender in Boccaccio's Decameron. Through close readings of selected tales and cultural analyses of their trans-historical and transnational reception, we take the Decameron's words as point of departure for the study of storytelling and the politics of readership. As modern readers of Boccaccio's renowned and classic Medieval collection of short tales, we investigate the text's notions of love, gender, and sexuality by comparing and contrasting the Decameron with various other texts across varying media, from the works of Petrarch and Chaucer to the modern readings of D. H. Lawrence and Pier Paolo Pasolini, and from visual arts to digital humanities. Students are invited to creatively engage with these and other texts of their choice (and with approval of the instructor) in order to produce, by the end of the course, either a) an analytic blog post that may be published on the H-Net of the Transnational Italian Studies working group; or b) an individual or collective project inspired by Boccaccio's Decameron.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RLAN
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

Last Updated on APR-19-2024
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