"A Descent into Hell", Virtues and Vices in Renaissance Italian Literature from Dante to Machiavelli

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Course Description

  • Course Name

    "A Descent into Hell", Virtues and Vices in Renaissance Italian Literature from Dante to Machiavelli

  • Host University

    Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

  • Location

    Milan, Italy

  • Area of Study

    Classics, Italian Culture, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    It is generally acknowledged that Italy played a major role in the English Renaissance. This course intends to make students familiar with the major Italian literature masterpieces that most influenced the European Renaissance, one of the most fascinating periods for Literature and the Arts in the whole continent. The reading list includes such master authors as Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch, Chaucer and Machiavelli along with visual Renaissance masters such as Michelangelo, and other contemporary authors such as Pasolini and Benjamin Britten whose works echoed and enhanced the splendours of Italian Renaissance.

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