ITALIAN 250 - Undergraduate Seminar in Italian Studies
Section: 001 Medieval Mediterranean Literature: The 1001 Nights and the Decameron
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Italian (ITALIAN)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first- and second- year students. No knowledge of Italian language required.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The two books we’ll read in this class – one written originally in Arabic (the 1001 Nights), the other in Italian (the Decameron) – are “framed tales” in which characters in one story start to tell stories of their own. They’re both about disasters that befall a city – a murderous sultan in one, a plague in the other. And in both, average citizens tell tales in order to make things right again. In this course we’ll learn how these books both reflect and distort historical actualities, we’ll analyze their narrative architecture to figure out how they work, and we’ll ask how stories can save lives and why the gambit sometimes backfires – why invented tales sometimes lead their narrators toward destruction.

Taught in English; no knowledge of Italian or Arabic language required.

ITALIAN 250 - Undergraduate Seminar in Italian Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
7Fr or So
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 0393313670
The Arabian nights = Alf laylah wa-laylah, Author: translated by Husain Haddawy ; based on the text of the fourteenth-century Syrian manuscript ; edited by Muhsin Mahdi., Publisher: Norton Norton pbk 1995
ISBN: 014044629X
The Decameron, Author: Giovanni Boccaccio ; translated with an introduction and notes by G.H. McWilliam., Publisher: New York 2nd ed. 1995
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