Prerequisites: Junior standing and completion of the Aesthetic Appreciation/Literature requirement or ENGL 210, ENGL 222 or ENGL 223; or permission of the instructor. (Second semester—even years/ 3 credits)
As they move between two worlds—the infinite possibilities of spirit and the nightmarish limits of the physical—writers, artists and philosophers of the Renaissance offer many images of what it means to be human. As we investigate the peculiar nature of those imaginings, we are likely to see premonitions of many modern assumptions and dilemmas. The writings of Boccaccio, Erasmus, Rabelais, More, Montaigne, Shakespeare and Cervantes will form the backbone of our reading.