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Art of Love: Expressions of Eros in Early Modern Italy
ITAL 234
Spring 2019 not offered

Medieval and Renaissance authors believed that God had created the universe "with love," and therefore they considered the role of love in nearly every facet of their lives. Writers, philosophers, and theologians debated what role love played in the relationships between the human and divine, physical and metaphysical, individual and society, and sex and compassion, as well as what role love played in the creation of art itself. In this course, students will examine notions of love and sex in relationship to a variety of cosmological, literary, and existential early-modern issues. Students will first be introduced to the origins of erotic literature--for example, the Bible, Latin elegy, and medieval social codes of behavior. Students will then read selections of the Italian lyric tradition, as well as works by Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio, the so-called "Three Crowns" of vernacular eloquence. Finally, students will study the Neoplatonic-inspired erotic literature and art of the Renaissance.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RLAN
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ITST)(MDST-MN)(RMST)

Last Updated on MAY-20-2024
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