Set in fourteenth-century Florence during the bubonic plague, Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron begins with a haunting description of the plague-stricken city. The story continues with an introduction to ten young people who meet at a church one morning and decide to evade the black death by leaving town. Sojourning within out-of-town estates, they spend their afternoons telling stories so that paradoxically the grim opening scene of the novel ushers in a collection of entertaining, often hilarious and sometimes bawdy stories. A great treasure of World Literature, The Decameron has inspired works by Geoffrey Chaucer, Marguerite de Navarre, William Shakespeare, Gotthold Lessing and Charles Perrault. We will read the basic story plus a selection of tales told by Boccaccio’s charming young refugees from the plague.
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INSTRUCTOR: Lillian Corti, has a degree in Italian and French from Brooklyn College and a doctorate in Comparative Literature at the City University of New York. She taught Italian at the Foreign Language Institute in New York and taught literature in translation at Tulsa University, the University of Alaska Fairbanks and in Macerata, Italy for a Study Abroad program.
REQUIRED BOOK: Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron, translated by G.H. McWilliam, Penguin Press. ISBN: 9780140449303