This course will focus on the major works by Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio in the first term. In the first term, students will read Dante's Vita Nova, and follow the development of Dante's philosophy of love through relevant passages within Purgatorio and Paradiso. The notion of love will be then explored through selected readings from Petrarch's Rime. In the second term, a thorough reading of Boccaccio's Decameron will shed light on the new cultural values of the "world of merchants". Along with awareness of the historical and cultural context, the course aims to provide the critical tools necessary to understand the complexity of a literary text.