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Humanities 2016, 5(3), 68; doi:10.3390/h5030068

Canines in the Classroom: Boccaccio, Dante, and the Visual Arts

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Ithaca College, 953 Danby Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
Academic Editor: Patricia Emison
Received: 19 January 2016 / Revised: 28 July 2016 / Accepted: 15 August 2016 / Published: 18 August 2016
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The article has two primary objectives: it presents an analysis of the representation of animals in selected Italian literary works; and it utilizes that analysis as an example of how to incorporate the visual arts in teaching literature in the undergraduate classroom. The literary works discussed include Dante’s Inferno and the myth of Romulus and Remus as preparation for Boccaccio’s Decameron, specifically novelle IX.7 and V.8, with a thematic focus on portrayals of canines. The article argues that the use of artwork from the medieval and Renaissance periods, such as statuary, illustrated manuscripts, images in bestiaries, and works by Botticelli and other well-known artists, can be used to complement and reinforce interpretations of the texts, and are a powerful and effective tool in the learning process. View Full-Text
Keywords: Boccaccio; Decameron; Dante; Botticelli; dogs and wolves; visual imagery; pedagogy Boccaccio; Decameron; Dante; Botticelli; dogs and wolves; visual imagery; pedagogy
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Cozzarelli, J. Canines in the Classroom: Boccaccio, Dante, and the Visual Arts. Humanities 2016, 5, 68.

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