French and Italian | Boccaccio’s Social Decameron
M340 | 26004 | Storey, H. Wayne

Painters, merchants, servants, singers, monks, notaries, princes,
cooks, magicians, lovers, cuckolds, and professional crooks: all the
levels and textures of medieval society in Italy and beyond its
shores are cast upon the stage of Boccaccio’s 100 and one half tales,
recounted by ten upper-class Florentine youths with issues of their
own. This course examines the structure social life in the Middle
Ages as it is presented, real and imagined, in the Decameron,
including issues of ethics, class, regionalism, xenophobia, local and
international trade, piracy, the magic arts, and storytelling itself.
Readings in English.