Honors | Literature and Power in Early Modern Europe (COLL)
S103 | 29810 | Massimo Scalabrini
THIS CLASS MEETS SECOND EIGHT WEEKS ONLY.
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 power
in 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.