The Ideal and real in Renaissance Literature and Art

Languages & Cultures, School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

College of Arts and Law


Code 23380

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 10

Semester 1

Module description

This module traces a series of interdisciplinary encounters between some of the major writers, thinkers and artists of the Italian Renaissance. The near-contemporaries are linked here by their interest in what constitutes the ideal Renaissance citizen and in how that near perfect model should be achieved. They will be studied for their own merits and for their individual treatments of themes such as personal identity, civic and moral responsibility, sexuality and spirituality. They will also be studied in relation to each other, focussing on the ways in which they employ different and competing media to reflect their ideals and values. Particular attention will be paid to moments of interconnection and competition within and between the various disciplines.