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Art and Literature in Medieval and Renaissance Italy: An Introduction, 2021/22, Semester 2
Dr Laura Lucia Rossi
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Week 1

Dante Alighieri : four political letters, translated by C. E. Honess (London: MHRA, 2007)

Dino Compagni's Chronicle of Florence, translated by D. E. Bornstein (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986)

V. Fumagalli, Landscapes of fear : perceptions of nature and the city in the Middle Ages, translated by S. Mitchell (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1994)

J. K. Hyde, Society and Politics in Medieval Italy: The Evolution of the Civil Life, 1000-1350 (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1973)

J. Larner, Italy in the age of Dante and Petrarch, 1216-1380 (London & New York: Longman, 1980)

D. Waley, The Italian City-Republics, 3rd edition (London & New York: Longman, 1988)

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Week 2

Early Italian texts, edited by C. Dionisotti and C. Grayson (Oxford: Blackwell, 1949)

Dante, Vita nuova, translated with an introduction by M. Musa (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992)

Dante, Convivio, translated with an introduction and notes by C. Ryan (Saratoga CA: ANMA Libri, 1989)

Dante, De vulgari eloquentia, edited and translated by S. Botterill (Cambridge & New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996)

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Week 3


R. Lansing (ed.), The Dante encyclopedia (New York: Garland, 2000) [Italian C-7 DAN/L; available in Brotherton Main Floor 1 and Edward Boyle Level 13]


S. Bemrose, A new life of Dante (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2000) [Italian C-7 DAN/B; available in Brotherton Main Floor 1]

Introductory Studies

R. Jacoff (ed), The Cambridge Companion to Dante (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993)

R. Kirkpatrick, Dante : the Divine comedy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987)

J. A. Scott, Understanding Dante (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2004)

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For a more modern English translation of the text, see Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron, translated by G. H. McWilliam, 2nd edition (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1995)

For the Italian text, see Giovanni Boccaccio, Decameron, ed. by Vittore Branca (Turin: Einaudi, 1980)

Introductory Studies on Boccaccio

R. Hastings, Nature and reason in the Decameron (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1975)

G. Mazzotta, The world at play in Boccaccio's Decameron (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1986)

D. Wallace, Giovanni Boccaccio, Decameron (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991)

On Women in the Middle Ages

E. Power, Medieval women, ed. by M. M. Postan (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1975)

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Petrarch's lyric poems : the 'Rime Sparse', and other lyrics, translated and edited by R. Durling (Cambridge MA & London: Harvard University Press, 1976)

T. Griffith & P. Hainsworth (eds), Selected poems (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1971)

Introductory Studies

T. G. Bergin, Petrarch (New York: Twayne, 1970)

K. Foster, Petrarch : poet and humanist (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1984)

P. Hainsworth, Petrarch the poet : an introduction to the Rerum vulgarium fragmenta (London: Routledge, 1988)

N. Mann, Petrarch (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984)

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Arasse, Daniel, Pierluigi De Vecchi and Patrizia Nitti (eds), Botticelli : from Lorenzo the Magnificent to Savonarola ( Milan: Skira, 2003)

Ettlinger, Leopold D., and Helen S. Ettlinger, Botticelli (London: Thames and Hudson, 1976)

Lightbown, Ronald, Sandro Botticelli : life and work (London: Thames and Hudson, 1989)

Venturi, Lionello, Botticelli (London: Phaidon, 1972)

Zöllner, Frank, Sandro Botticelli (Munich and New York: Prestel, 2005)

Mythological paintings

Baldini, Umberto, La Primavera del Botticelli : storia di un quadro e di un restauro (Milan: Mondadori, 1984)

Bellingham, David, 'Deconstructing Aphrodite: Botticelli's Venus and Mars in the National Gallery, London', in Amy C. Smith and Sadie Pickup (eds), Brill's Companion to Aphrodite (Leiden: Brill, 2010), pp. 347-74  

Dempsey, Charles, The portrayal of love : Botticelli's "Primavera" and humanist culture at the time of Lorenzo the Magnificent (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992)

Gombrich, Ernst H., ‘Botticelli’s Mythologies: A Study of the Neoplatonic Symbolism of his Circles’, in Symbolic images (London: Phaidon, 1972), pp. 31-81
Extract available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE.

Levi d’Ancona, Mirella, Due quadri del Botticelli eseguiti per nascite in casa Medici : nuovi interpretazione della "Primavera" e della "Nascita di Venere" (Florence: Olschki, 1992)

Luchs, Alison, ‘A Maenad from Pisa in the Primavera ’, Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz, 24 (1980), 369-71

Shearman, John, ‘The Collections of the Younger Branch of the Medici’, Burlington Magazine, 117, no. 862 (Jan. 1975), 12-27

Smith,   Smith, Webster, ‘On the Original Location of the Primavera ’, The art bulletin, 57 (1975), 31-40

Snow-   Snow-Smith, Joanne, The "Primavera" of Sandro Botticelli : a Neoplatonic interpretation (New York: Lang, 1993)

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Online Course Readings

Black, Robert, Renaissance thought : a reader. (London: Routledge, 2001)
Introduction available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE.

Burke, Peter, The Renaissance, 2nd ed. (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1997)
Chapter 1 available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE.

King, Margaret L, Women of the Renaissance. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991)
Chapter 1 available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE.

Olsen, Christina, 'Gross Expenditure: Botticelli's Nastagio degli Onesti Panels', Art History, v.15 (1992), 146-170
Article available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE.

Ricketts, Jill M, Visualizing Boccaccio : studies on illustrations of The Decameron, from Giotto to Pasolini. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997)
Chapter 3 available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE.

Rubin, Patricia Lee, Images and identity in fifteenth-century Florence. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007)
Extract available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE.

This list was last updated on 13/12/2021