Canines in the Classroom: Boccaccio, Dante, and the Visual Arts
AbstractThe 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
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Cozzarelli, J. Canines in the Classroom: Boccaccio, Dante, and the Visual Arts. Humanities 2016, 5, 68.
Cozzarelli J. Canines in the Classroom: Boccaccio, Dante, and the Visual Arts. Humanities. 2016; 5(3):68.Chicago/Turabian Style
Cozzarelli, Julia. 2016. "Canines in the Classroom: Boccaccio, Dante, and the Visual Arts." Humanities 5, no. 3: 68.
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