The course will be taught be Dennis Dutschke, professor emeritus at the University of California, Davis. His research and teaching focuses on Medieval and Early Renaissance Italian Literature, with an emphasis on philology and paleography. He has written numerous articles and books, ranging from the Census of Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States (published in 1986) to the recent edition of a 14th century poem, Teo da Perugia, La Caccia (published in 2018).
Students should have a basic reading knowledge of Italian; you will be transcribing Italian documents and some of the secondary readings are in Italian. Students are encouraged to buy a copy of Armando Petrucci, Breve storia della scrittura latina, Rome, Baggato Libri, 1989.