M-STO/02 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

To provide adequate historical knowledge of the modern age, especially with regards to the cultural shocks created by new geographical discoveries of the early XVI century. It will be examined also the reaction towards the “aliens”, as represented in history, literature and iconography.

Finally, another goal is to become able to recognize the complexity of any historiographic construction.

Course Structure

Frontal lessons and seminars activities.

Detailed Course Content

A. Narrations and descriptions: the discovery of the New World(3CFU)

The first module will explore the fears of a period only on the surface governed by harmony. Through the support of historical and iconographic sources, the students will explore the political and cultural tensions of the age, mainly caused by the discovery of the New World and the relationship with new civilizations.


B. Narrations and descriptions: the enemy/ the dissident (3 CFU)

The second one will deepen some watershed moments of early modern history thanks to an iconographic path that will use visual sources as emblems of these crucial moments. That will lead to an explanation of this methodological choice, but also to the understanding of how powerful the communication through visual arts is and how deep is their tie to politics and society.

Textbook Information

Modulo A. Narrazioni e descrizioni: la scoperta del Nuovo Mondo.

- L. Di Fiore, M. Meriggi, World History. Le nuove rotte della storia, Bari, Laterza, 2019, pp. 174-


Modulo B. Narrazioni e descrizioni: il nemico/dissidente

(only choose one)

- Giuseppe Marcocci, Indios, cinesi, falsari. Le storie del mondo nel Rinascimento, Bari, Laterza, 2019, pp. 226.

- Mario Infelise, I libri proibiti. Da Gutenberg all'Encyclopédie, Bari, Laterza, 2019, pp. 158.


Suggested Readings (only choose one)

- Christine Shaw, The politics of the exile in the Renaissance Italy, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2000, pp. 257.

- Adriano Prosperi, L’eresia del libro grande, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2000, pp. 496.

- V. I. Stoichita, L’immagine dell’altro. Neri, giudei, musulmani e gitani nella pittura occidentale dell’età moderna, La casa Usher, 2019, pp. 175.


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