ONLINE SEMINAR
Boccaccio’s Decameron (Part 1)

$300.00

In 14th-century Florence, Giovanni Boccaccio witnessed firsthand the horror of the Black Death. For many around him, it seemed the end of the world. Why was it happening and more important, what to do?

For Boccaccio, what to do was something he had been dreaming about — creating his comic masterpiece the Decameron. He collected 100 tales — stories not of fear, contrition or blame, but rather celebrating the humanness of desire in hopes of capturing something of the magic of ourselves. Stories to heal what needed healing, stories with the power to keep us going, stories written in everyday language people could understand.

When: Five weekly sessions on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Eastern, starting January 10, 2023

Duration: 2 hours per session

Cost: C$300 plus 13% HST (approx. US$215 plus 13% HST)

How: We meet on Zoom; you will receive joining instructions approx. 3 weeks before the seminar start date.

Online seminar payments are nonrefundable. Discount codes must be used at the time of purchase.

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LEADER

Experienced leaders who’ve conducted online and in-person seminars on Chaucer, Rabelais, and more, Denise Ahlquist and JJ Patton eagerly anticipate exploring these timeless tales with contemporary readers. Denise’s interest in the enduring power of narrative and years of Shared Inquiry discussions with the Great Books Foundation are complemented by JJ’s wry sense of humor and studies of medieval and Renaissance literature.

BOOK

The Decameron By Giovanni Boccaccio, translated by G. H. McWilliam
(Penguin Classics, 2003)
ISBN-13: 978-0140449303

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In 14th-century Florence, Giovanni Boccaccio witnessed firsthand the horror of the Black Death. For many around him, it seemed the end of the world. Why was it happening and more important, what to do?

For Boccaccio, what to do was something he had been dreaming about — create his comic masterpiece the Decameron. He collected 100 tales — stories not of fear, contrition or blame, but rather celebrating the humanness of desire in hopes of capturing something of the magic of ourselves. Stories to heal what needed healing, stories with the power to keep us going, stories written in everyday language people could understand.

Wouldn’t it be great to tackle this “must-read” book in manageable chunks that you could then discuss each week with others in Shared Inquiry? Come while away the winter hours absorbed in these short glimpses of the Human Comedy — diverse stories of kings, princes, princesses, monks, abbesses, lawyers, doctors, students, bankers, millers, peasants, pilgrims, misers, bullies, thieves, gluttons, police, and lovers of all sorts — leading one critic to describe “…the tone of the Decameron [as] skeptical, affable, and all but dangerously open-minded.” For ten nights, ten storytellers, seven of them women, each offer a tale around a common theme, thus helping this group of privileged young people literally and imaginatively survive the plague. Theirs is the frame narrative that encases a famously wide variety of stories about the human experience — accounts of adventure, adversity, ingenuity, vagaries of Fortune, innocence lost, and above all, love, both romantic and sexual. In short, Life.

This will be Part 1, the first of two separate seminars, each consisting of five weeks of discussions, allowing us to “read as we go” and over a total of ten sessions, enjoy all the riches of this classic, highly influential compendium of fascinating tales.

“The Decameron is in the main a book of laughter.”
—E.H. Wilkins

 

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Concert ticket, Not eligible for discount, Five times, With friend, Gift registration