College Of Arts And Sciences | Literature & Power in Early Modern Europe
S103 | 0213 | Scalabrini, M.

This course will focus on the culture of the Italian Renaissance
courts and the modern European national states. We will examine the
complex relationship between literary creation and political powering
an age which witnessed the origin of modern Absolutism in European
history. How is poetry to preserve its inner freedom as well as its
open access to truth in the context of absolute political power? The
dilemmas of caution and resoluteness, simulation and dissimulation,
heroism and conformity will be considered as some of the central
forces shaping early modern Italian and European literature.