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    Vassar College
  Dec 15, 2017
Catalogue 2017-2018
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ITAL 175 - The Italian Renaissance in English Translation

1 unit(s)

(Same as MRST 175 ) In this course we examine the notion of selfhood as it first appears in the writings of early humanists (XIV century), Renaissance authors (XVI century) and works of contemporary visual artists. Cultural, philosophical, aesthetic, and gender issues are investigated through the reading of literary and theatrical masterpieces and their influence on visual artists like Botticelli, Raphael, and others.  We read in English translation excerpts from Petrarch (Canzoniere and Letters), Boccaccio (Decameron), poems and letters by women humanists (Isotta Nogarola, Cassandra Fedele, Laura Cereta), Machiavelli (The Prince), Castiglione (The Book of the Courtier), Gaspara Stampa and Veronica Franco (Poems). In order to foster the student’s self-awareness and creativity, journaling, experiential practices, and a creative project, based on the course content, are included. Eugenio Giusti.

Open only to freshmen; satisfies college requirement for a Freshman Writing Seminar.

May not be counted towards the Italian major.

Not offered in 2017/18.

Two 75-minute periods.

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