Politics and Religion in Alessandro Manzoni's The Betrothed (MLI2220)

15 credits

Manzoni’s spiritual quest led him from trust in ideas of social progress through political action to disillusionment to a religious view of life, mainly derived from the Christian traditions of his native Lombardy. His novel The Betrothed (1840-42) raises key moral issues: is the pursuit of happiness a sensible goal in life? Is it possible to be honest in a dishonest society? What is justice? What is compassion? What is religion? What is a church? We will discuss Manzoni’s answers by focusing on his recurring themes, characters, and situations. No knowledge of Italian is required for this module.