Required Texts

(all texts are available through BB or in digital format, with the exception of the last one)

Digital projects


The World of Dante (University of Virginia)

Danteworlds (UTexas)

Digital Dante (Columbia)

The Princeton Dante Project

Dante’s Works CUNY Commons

Dante Society of America

Cornell University Library (IMAGE ARCHIVE)

Dante Today

Canto 5 in 3D



Petrarchive (Indiana University)

The Oregon Petrarch Open Book



Decameron Web (Brown)

The Decameron (Project Gutenberg)


The Digital Decameron


Caterina da Siena

Recommended Secondary sources (available on Blackboard)

  • Phil Harris, “Machiavelli and the Global Compass: Ends and Means in Ethics and Leadership.” Journal of Business Ethics1 (2010): 131-138.
  • Marilyn Migiel, The Ethical Dimension of the Decameron. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015. (Introduction)
  • Cristina Politano, “Angela da Foligno: The Path to Spiritual Authority and the Severing of Family Bonds.” Carte italiane1 (2019): 1-15.
  • Lisa Tagliaferri, Lyrical Mysticism: The Writing and Reception of Catherine of Siena, PhD Dissertation. The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2017. (Selections)

Suggested Films

  • Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Meraviglioso Boccaccio, Italy, 2015.
  • Pier Paolo Pasolini, Decamerone, Italy, 1971.
  • Victor Cook, Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic, USA, 2010.
  • John Frick Dowdle, As Above, So Below, USA, 2014.

Other Recommended Texts

  • Dante Alighieri, Inferno. Translated by Mary Jo Bang (Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2012). This is a contemporary translation/adaptation by poet Mary Jo Band with illustrations by Henrik Drescher, a readable version of the most famous part of the Comedy.
  • Giovanni Boccaccio. The Decameron. Translated with an Introduction and Notes by G. H. Mcwilliam (Second Edition). Penguin Classics, 2003.