The Courtier and the Courtesan in Renaissance Italy|
Spring 2008 not offered
This course aims at analyzing the process of creation of the male courtier through the close reading of Baldassarre Castiglione's IL CORTEGIANO, which was by far one of the bestselling books in the Western world up to the 1600s. Courtly culture was developed and formalized at the highest levels in Renaissance Italy in the late 15th and early 16th centuries to become a model for all Europe in subsequent centuries. On the other hand, the figure of the female courtesan, poet and whore, literata and entertainer, grew to be a fascinating and repulsive subject of many dialogic and dramatic treatments, especially by the powerful "pen-prince" Pietro Aretino. The interaction of style and culture that courtier and courtesan are two characters, at once idealized and all too real, played with each other will be studied with the aid of contemporary paintings and prints (from high-brow to popular, early erotic productions).
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ITST)(RMST)
Works by Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio, Machiavelli (only selections)
Castiglione, Il Libro del Cortegiano; Aretino, Sei Giornate; La Cortegiana.
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Weekly readings in Italian (primary texts) and in English (secondary literature). Weekly reading reports (1-2 pages), and short oral presentations (5-10%). One midterm quiz; one final oral in-class presentations (20%); one final paper (10-15 pages) OR an oral exam Italian University style (30% discussion). Both final paper or exam require critical bibliography to be discussed in advance with the instructor.
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