Spring 2020 - HUM 312W D100

Renaissance Studies (4)

Class Number: 5462

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 6 – Apr 9, 2020: Wed, 9:30 a.m.–1:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units.



A detailed interdisciplinary analysis of a selected topic, issue, or personality from the Italian and/or Northern Renaissance. Students with credit for HUM 312 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.


Love Literature of Renaissance Italy

Love is one of the central themes in the literature of the Italian Renaissance and one that attracted the attention of the most important authors of the period. In this course, we will study some of the most famous prose and verse texts of Italian love literature, beginning with the towering medieval precedent of Dante’s La Vita Nuova. What did Italian Renaissance authors understand by the concept of love? How did they write about it, and why? What messages does this literature convey? And what influence did it have both on contemporary Renaissance culture and on subsequent generations of writers? Drawn from both the neo-Latin and vernacular traditions of the period, these texts introduce us to a range of Renaissance ideas about romantic love, spiritual love, adultery, familial love, Platonic love and friendship.


  • Paper 1 15%
  • Paper 2 25%
  • Writing portfolio 20%
  • Take-home final 20%
  • Participation 20%



Dante Alighieri, La Vita Nuova (Poems of Youth). Penguin Classics, 2004.

Giovanni Boccaccio, The Elegy of Lady Fiammetta. University of Chicago Press, 1990.

Niccolò Machiavelli, Mandragola. Waveland Press, 1981.

These texts will be available for purchase at the SFU bookstore and on reserve at Bennett Library. Additional readings will be available through Canvas.

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