Italian 103A: Introduction to Classic Italian Literary and Cultural Studies

Instructor: Massimo Ciavolella

In this course, taught in Italian, we will trace the development of the Italian language, literature and the arts from the Middle Ages to the early Baroque period. We will examine literary works by Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Caterina of Siena, Dante Alighieri, Francesco Petrarca, Giovanni Boccaccio, Niccolò Machiavelli, Gaspara Stampa, Veronica Franco, Tullia d’Aragona, and the works of visual artists such as Giotto, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Gian Lorenzo Bernini.