This course assures on the part of the student a general acquaintance with the main outlines of the course of Italian literature and a familiarity with the writings of the greatest of the Italians. No country in Europe has escaped the inspiration of Italy, and much of the worlds best literature comes from the land of Virgil and of Dante. The reading in this course is extensive and varied, but is necessary if the student is intending to do comparative study or to understand modern European literature.
This course is planned to introduce the student to a rather detailed study of the great figures of early Italian literature, with occasional reference to the influence of these writers upon England and France.
The literature of Modern Italy is interesting both as a continuation of the tradition of its earlier history and as a phase of modern world literature. The student who wishes to do more reading than that required in this course is referred to the extensive reading list in Italian Literature.