Madness, Love, and Poetry – The Italian Renaissance Epic: A Three Part Course with Dr. Kristin Stasiowski

Madness, Love, and Poetry – The Italian Renaissance Epic: A Three Part Course with Dr. Kristin Stasiowski


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Explore the rich mythology, history, and intrigue of the Italian Renaissance epic. From the romantic splendor of Boiardo’s Orlando Innamorato to the comedic genius of Luigi Pulci’s Il Morgante, this course will take readers on an adventure of storytelling that captivated the many courts of Renaissance Italy and beyond.

Inspired by the heroic Greek narratives of the Iliad and the Odyssey and by French chivalric poetry, the Italian Renaissance epic is a captivating intertextual adventure of history, religion, language, and culture

This three-part course will explore the historical and literary contexts of the Italian epic tradition with a focus on the major figures and texts of the period. Known as the three “Ferrarese Crowns,” Matteo Maria Boiardo (1441-94), Ludovico Ariosto (1474-1533), and Torquato Tasso (1544-95) were witness to the intrigues and spectacle of the Este dynasty in Ferrara, grounding their respective epic tales in the rituals and mythology of the genre and the cultural realities of court.

Led by an expert in Italian literature and culture, Kristin Stasiowski, Ph.D., this interactive seminar will introduce participants to the historical and literary contexts of the Italian Renaissance epic through an in-depth discussion of the intellectual, stylistic, and political contexts of the genre.

We will introduce readers to the major themes of several epics: Boiardo’s Orlando Innamorato; Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso; Tasso’s Gerusalemme liberata and Luigi Pulci’s Il Morgante against the backdrop of the historical reality of the political and artistic climate of the 15th and 16th-century Italian court. We will aim to unravel the complex mystery and mythology surrounding these towering figures of Renaissance literature.

 

Lecture I: An Introduction to the Epic in the Italian Renaissance

This lecture will focus on giving participants an understanding of the historical and literary contexts of the epic in Italy and an introduction to major themes and characters.

Lecture II: The Love and Wrath of Roland

This lecture will focus on selections from Boiardo’s Orlando Innamorato and Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso with a comparison between the stylistic and thematic concerns of both authors.

Lecture III: Liberation and Laughter

This lecture will focus on selections from Tasso’s Gerusalemme liberata and Pulci’s Il Morgante with a comparison between the stylistic and thematic concerns of both authors.

Kristin Stasiowski, Ph.D. is the Assistant Dean of International Programs and Education Abroad for the College of Arts and Sciences and is also an Assistant Professor of Italian Language and Literature in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at Kent State University. She received her Ph.D from Yale University in Italian Language and Literature and has taught Italian language, literature, cinema, history and culture in both the United States and Florence, Italy prior to arriving at Kent State. Her current research is on Italian author Clemente Rebora.

 

How does it work?

This is a three-part series held weekly and hosted on Zoom. Please check the schedule for the specific dates and times for each lecture.

Is there a reading list in advance?

Though the course is open to participants with no background on this topic, there are suggested readings for further investigation. You will receive this soon after course registration.

How long are the lectures?

Each lecture is 90 minutes long with time for Q&A.

How much is the course?

The course is $105 for three lectures.

Is a recording available?

Yes. If you need to miss a lecture, you will be sent a recording after the event.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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