A survey of the political, cultural, religious, intellectual and social changes in Renaissance Europe, especially Italy, from ca. 1200-ca. 1650. Course readings focus on great works of literature, including ones by Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch, Machiavelli, Cervantes, Rabelais, Erasmus, Luther, Isotta Nogarola, Teresa of Avila, and lesser known historical sources on such topics as witchcraft, prostitution, philosophy/science and the Classical tradition. Lectures place sources in their historical contexts with an emphasis on gender, religious belief and practice, politics, Antiquity, social tension (Jews, Muslims, and Indigenous peoples), and other themes. Some events covered include the Black death (1348), the Fall of Constantinople (1453), the French Invasion of Italy (1494), the Spanish Reconquista (1492), and the conquest of Tenochtitlan/Mexico (1519).
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|2 Four-page maximum papers||30%|
|4 Tutorials during lecture times||20%|