Early Modern Venice: Representations and Myths (HIH1586)

15 credits

This module will investigate the various representations of the Republic of Venice during the early modern period through a variety of documentary evidence: political treatises; travelogues; correspondences; plays; works of art. Particular attention will be dedicated to an analysis of the ‘myth’ of Venice in an Italian and European perspective and to its development over time. Both Venetian and non-Venetian authors will be analysed, and special attention will be paid to English travelers and writers.  No prior knowledge of the period is needed and all sources will be in English.