The Italian Renaissance|
Spring 2009 not offered
This course explores the intellectual history of Renaissance Italy. Between 1350 and 1550 Italian writers, thinkers, and artists struggled to recover a golden age, the world of the ancients, and ended up inspiring a new one. What forms did the Italian Renaissance take? Who created and supported it and why? Whom did it include and whom did it exclude? What were its lasting consequences? After getting to know the Italian social setting for the Renaissance, we will focus on the intellectuals, writers, and artists of 15th-century Florence and Rome. In keeping with the approach of the College of Letters, the course emphasizes close reading of original texts in translation and studies literary, historical, and philosophical works in their historical contexts.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Some secondary sources, but mainly primary sources (historical, literary and philosophical) including:
Machiavelli, THE PRINCE
Plato, THE SYMPOSIUM
K. Bartlett, THE CIVILIZATION OF THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE: A SOURCEBOOK
E. Cochrane & J. Kirshner, READINGS IN WESTERN CIVILIZATION, VOL. 5 THE RENAISSANCE
B. Kohl and A. Smith, eds., MAJOR PROBLEMS IN THE HISTORY OF THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE
|Examinations and Assignments: |
3-4 page bi-weekly papers, active participation in discussion.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Attendance and participation in class discussion.
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