Discover a masterpiece of Italian literature: Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron. The Decameron contains Boccaccio’s eye-witness account of the Black Death plague in 1348, plus 100 tales that range from the sublime to the bawdy. Boccaccio's style, inventive and vivid, very often humorous too, will captivate you. We will also explore the influence of the Decameron on future art and literature, such as Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1971 film, "The Decameron."
Suggested reading: The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, translated by Wayne A. Rebhorn. New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2013. ISBN:9780393069303 or 0393069303.
Professional Bio: Ph.D. in Italian at the Department of Italian of Columbia University in New York, 2008. BA magna cum laude, Comparative Literature, Brown University. Fellow at The Graduate Center, CUNY, Northwestern University, and the Getty Research Institute of Los Angeles. Reader for the Advanced Placement Examination in Italian. Peer Reviewer, Language and Literature (Non-US) Committee, Fulbright Scholar program. Visiting Scholar, American Academy in Rome, Fall 2014.
Personal Bio: I’m passionate about literature, history, and the arts, and I love the outdoors too. My interests include all things Italian, traveling, hiking, backpacking, tennis, telemark skiing, snowshoeing, and trail running, as well as spending time with family and friends. One of my lifetime goals is to run a marathon in every state and so far I have checked 15 states off the list.