Renaissance History (i) (2019/2020)

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Alessandro Arcangeli
Alessandro Arcangeli
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Sem 2B dal Apr 6, 2020 al May 30, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course - which is taught in English - aims to enable the student to understand the origins and the most significant developments of the concept of Renaissance, recognize important areas of historical experience that the research methods adopted for the study of that reality have allowed to highlight, and apply them to a particular theme. At the end of the course the student will be able to master the above described concepts and problems, by taking into account both the English and the Italian cultural and linguistic spheres.


This year's course will introduce the Italian Renaissance by considering:
- a classic study of the social and cultural history of the Italian Renaissance (Burke);
- a sixteenth-century Italian text that became, for the subsequent 300 years, the aesthetic and ethic blueprint of the European nobility (Castiglione - in Italian if you can!).
All welcome (whatever your level of familiarity with related subjects.)

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
B. Castiglione The Book of the Courtier (any edition)  
Peter Burke The Italian Renaissance. Culture and Society and Italy. (any edition)  

Assessment methods and criteria

Written questionnaire on the set texts, followed by an oral interview.
NB: In the current Covid-19 emergency this will be entirely substituted by the interview, to be held via distanced videocall.