ITAL 4303  with grade D or better
Students will study Italian literature from the 14th to the 16th Century. Students will read and critically analyze internationally renowned literary texts in their original language. Authors include Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch), Giovanni Boccaccio, Ludovico Ariosto, Torquato Tasso, Niccolo Machiavelli, and others. Students will read from these author's works and engage in historical, literary, and rhetorical analysis of texts while determining techniques of composition. Students will also learn about the lives and historical context of the authors; they will critically determine how the author's lives influenced the masterpieces that they created. Students will be expected to actively participate and contribute to class discussion. The course will be conducted in Italian; participants will do all written and oral work in Italian. A research paper will be required.