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Florence and the Florentines in Dante's Comedy and Boccaccio's Decameron Italy: Art, History & Language Program Spring 2025 Semester - Florence

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Florence and the Florentines in Dante's Comedy and Boccaccio's Decameron

Florence and the Florentines in Dante's Comedy and Boccaccio's Decameron Course Overview


CEA CAPA Partner Institution: CEA CAPA Florence Center
Location: Florence, Italy
Primary Subject Area: English Language & Literature
Instruction in: English
Course Code: ENG315
Transcript Source: University of New Haven
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 45
Prerequisites: One 200 level or two 100 level courses in a relevant field


The course will introduce students to the history of Italian Literature, focusing on great masterpieces (in English translation) from the 14th century. A multidisciplinary approach, dealing with social, political, historical and philosophical implications will provide further understanding by placing literary works in a comprehensive cultural context. Special emphasis will be placed on the impact of Italian literature in European culture in pre-modern age, stressing the broad influence of Dante's Divine Comedy and Boccaccio's Decameron. Literary issues such as the great divide between high and low literature, the question of language, the relation between classical, Christian and chivalric epics, the concept of originality in the Middle Ages, the circulation of books and the development of a reading public will be thoroughly investigated.

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