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Readings are also listed by session.

Required Texts

Please observe the specific editions and translations while buying or borrowing these texts.

Alighieri, Dante. La Vita Nuova. Translated by Mark Musa. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 1999. ISBN: 0192839357.

———. Inferno. Translated by Allen Mandlebaum. New York, NY: Bantam Books, 1982. ISBN: 0553213393.

———. Purgatorio. Translated by Allen Mandlebaum. New York, NY: Bantam Books, 1983. ISBN: 055321344X.

———. Paradiso. Translated by Allen Mandlebaum. New York, NY: Bantam Books, 1986. ISBN: 0553212044.

Boccaccio, Giovanni. The Decameron. Translated by G. H. McWilliam. 2nd ed. London, UK and New York, NY: Penguin Books, 1972, 1995, 2003. ISBN: 0140449302.

Chaucer, Geoffrey. Troilus and Criseyde. Edited by Barry Windeatt. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 1998. ISBN: 0192832905.

Additionally, the following selection of works are available on the Web:

Selected Troubadour Lyrics

Guido Guinizelli

Guido Cavalcante

Dante, De Vulgari Eloquentia


Readings by Session

課程單元 閱讀資料
1 The Courtly Love Tradition

2 Domination and Desire Selected authors. Selected Troubadour Lyrics.
3 Dolce Stil Nuovo Dante. La Vita Nuova. i-xxi.

Guinizelli, Guido. Al cor gentil.
4 Ennobling Love: Sublimation and Subjection Dante. La Vita Nuova. xxii-xlii.

Cavalcante, Guido. Sonnets. xxii and xxiii.
5 Historical Background: Secular Politics
6 Historical Background: Church Politics
7 Florentine History and the The Divine Comedy Dante. Inferno. i-xi.
8 Epic and Romance Dante. Inferno. xii-xxii.

De Vulgari Eloquentia.
9 Moral Perversion and Linguistic Distortion Dante. Inferno. xxiii-xxxiv.
10 Confession and the Practice of Penitence Dante. Purgatorio. i-xi.
11 Nature and the Power of Love Dante. Purgatorio. xii-xxii.
12 Ecstatic Desire Dante. Purgatorio. xxiii-xxxiii.
13 Moral Cosmology Dante. Paradiso. i-xi.
14 Visions of the Ideal Society Dante. Paradiso. xii-xxii.
15 The Ends of Language Dante. Paradiso. xxiii-xxxiii.
16 The Plague of Language Boccaccio. Decameron. Prologue; I. Introduction, i, ii, iii; II. vii, ix; III. i, iii, x.
17 Comedy and Tragedy Boccaccio. Decameron. IV. i, ii, v; V. iv, x; VI. Introduction, v, vii, x, Conclusion.
18 Rhetoric and Redemption Boccaccio. Decameron. VII. i, ii, vi, viii, ix; VIII. i, vii; IX. ii, vi, x; X. v, x, Epilogue.
19 Historical Background: The Fourteenth-Century Renaissance in England
20 Britain and the Myth of Trojan Origins Chaucer. Troilus and Criseyde. I. 1-469.
21 Ricardian Politics Chaucer. Troilus and Criseyde. I. 470-1090.
22 Free Will and Determinism Chaucer. Troilus and Criseyde. II.

Petrarch, Sonnet cxxxii, "S'amor non è."
23 Mediators and Mediation Chaucer. Troilus and Criseyde. III.
24 Multiplicity and Indeterminacy Chaucer. Troilus and Criseyde. IV.
25 Tragedy and Transcendence Chaucer. Troilus and Criseyde. V.
26 What Is This Thing Called Love?