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“It is human to have compassion for the suffering.” So begins Giovanni Boccaccio’s extraordinary classic, the Decameron, a collection of one hundred short stories written in 1353, just five years after the Great Plague of 1348 that claimed millions of lives throughout Europe and more than half of the population of Boccaccio’s hometown, Florence.
Boccaccio’s work has long been celebrated for its bawdy humor and open consideration of sexuality as it explores how to rebuild a world devastated by pandemic, the role of women as readers in Europe’s new literary culture, and the creation of the “Renaissance” itself through the reanimation of long-lost pagan and classical traditions. This class will focus on the second half of the Decameron, Days 6–10, as we develop a fuller understanding of why this work is often seen as Italy’s version of the “Human Comedy,” especially in relation to the author and book that deeply influenced it, Dante and his Divine Comedy.
This class is open to all new students, there is no need to have taken the first part of the course in 2020. Recommended text: Boccaccio, The Decameron, trans. W. Rebhorn (Norton, 2013).
Class meets Mondays: Feb 1, 8, 15 and 22
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Joseph Luzzi is a writer and Professor of Comparative Literature at Bard College. He is the author of In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love,, My Two Italies and A Cinema of Poetry: Aesthetics of the Italian Art Film. He is a frequent contributor of essays and reviews to publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Bookforum and London Times Literary Supplement.
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