College of Arts and Sciences | Literature and Power in Early Modern Europe (A&H) (3 cr.)
S103 | 26182 | Scalabrini


1:00 PM  2:15 PM TR

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, and heroism and conformity will be
considered as some of the central forces shaping early modern
Italian and European literature.