Middlebury

ITAL 0492

Mediterranean Decameron

Mediterranean Decameron
The Decameron, Florence’s “mercantile epic”, embraces a wide cosmopolitanism through stories of trade, travel, politics, and piracy within the pan-Mediterranean network, extending from Marseilles to Alexandria of Egypt. While certainly a theater of political and cultural conflict, the Mediterranean also emerges as a mobile and hybrid space of positive exchange, including wit, humor, sex, love, knowledge, religion, and wisdom. Through discussion and research, in this course we will focus on how and why ideas and beliefs of the Eastern Mediterranean are represented, and whether travel across the Mediterranean transforms protagonists and communities, proposing new values and prospects for the Italian and Western European audience. (ITAL0355 or equivalent) 3 hrs. sem.
Subject:
Italian
Department:
Italian
Division:
Languages
Requirements Fulfilled:
CMP EUR LIT LNG

Sections

Spring 2020

ITAL0492A-S20 Seminar

Spring 2019

ITAL0492A-S19 Seminar (Zupan)