85107 - Middle Age and Reinassance Canon (1) (LM)

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Gender equality Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students, by reading a series of texts, will be capable of acquiring in-depth knowledge of how the Italian literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance evolved, with particular reference to the texts that profoundly influenced the subsequent literature and culture, so confirming the canon. Students will be capable of analysing texts, reading them with a critical eye and relating them to various temporal and social-cultural periods.

Course contents

The works of Dante Alighieri are a landmark of both the Italian and the European medieval literary canon, and have exercised a paramount influence on the Western cultural tradition as a whole. The course will introduce students to  a selection of crucial themes and episodes from the Commedia and other minor works; lectures and seminars will explore the context of late medieval Italian culture and society in which Dante's oeuvre has been produced, and will examine its afterlife and significance for modern literature and visual culture.


Dante, Vita Nuova, ed. by Mark Musa, Oxford University Press

Dante, Divine Comedy, ed. by Robert Durling and Ronald Martinez, Oxford University Press

The Cambridge Companion to Dante, ed. by Rachel Jacoff, Cambridge University Press

Teaching methods

Lectures and seminars involving class discussion and text analysis

Assessment methods

2 essays (approx. 3,000 words each)

Teaching tools

  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Insegnamenti online' e-learning platform

Office hours

See the website of Angelo Maria Mangini