ITAL 325: Major Italian Writers

ITAL 325-A01: Literature of the Black Death
(Summer 2020)


Section Information for Summer 2020

During one of the largest pandemics in history - the Black Death - Giovanni Boccaccio wrote his epic work of prose, The Decameron (ca. 1349-1351). In this course, we will read the stories told by a group of young Florentines who have retreated to the countryside to isolate themselves from the perils of the plague. We will read and analyze these tales with this historical perspective, enjoying the consolation of literature during our own difficult times. This online course is taught in English and fulfills the Mason Core requirement in Literature.


ITAL 325 A01 is a distance education section.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Works of major Italian or Italian-American authors in translation. Writers to be studied vary. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Mason Core: Literature
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 101/ENGH 101 or equivalent or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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