The Good, the Wise, & the Lusty: Women in Boccaccio’s Decameron
Adult Enrichment / ACE Highlights -
Praised for feminism and condemned for misogyny, Giovanni Boccaccio’s view of women has been interpreted in various shades of gray. Shape your own opinion based on several emblematic novelle from his capital work Decameron (c. 1353). The book contains 100 tales told by a group of young women and men sheltering in a secluded villa just outside Florence to escape the plague. Written in the vernacular of the Florentine language, it is considered a masterpiece of classical early Italian prose. After exploring its historical perspective, we will discuss plot and characters, focusing on the ambiguity of the adjectives good, wise, and lusty. Required texts will be emailed to registered participants before each class.
Irena Stanic Rasin
Irena Stanic Rasin is an award-winning author and translator and has taught various Italian courses at Arlington Community Education. She holds master’s degrees in English and Italian language and literature and is currently pursuing her PhD in the humanities.