The Italian Renaissance|
Spring 2012 not offered
This seminar for first-year students explores the intellectual and cultural history of Renaissance Italy. In the years between 1350 and 1550, Italian writers, thinkers, and artists struggled to recover a lost golden age, the world of the ancients, and ended up creating a new one. What was the Italian Renaissance? Who made it happen and why? Whom did it include and whom did it exclude? What were its lasting effects? 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 philosophy 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 context.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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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
|Examination 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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