S103 3387 Literature and Power in Early Modern Europe (Scalabrini) (FRIT) (A & H)(3 cr.)

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.