An Introduction to Italian Literature with Henry Eliot

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An Introduction to Italian Literature with Henry Eliot

Pull up a chair, raise a negroni and join author and editor Henry Eliot on a sun-drenched tour of the very best of Italian literature.

From Virgil’s Aeneid to Dante’s Inferno, the philosophy of Leopardi and the word games of Calvino, the Italian peninsular has produced some of the greatest works ever written. These six lectures span the whole history of Italian literature, covering Ancient Rome, the Renaissance, Romanticism and the Risorgimento, twentieth-century Modernism and Post-Modernism.

Henry will introduce you to an array of extraordinary and eccentric authors and recommend where to start reading their spectacular works.


What you get:

Video: Six video lessons

Audio: The option to download and listen to the course lessons in podcast form

Downloadable notes: includes key dates, facts and further reading

Exclusive Course Forum: here you can chat with fellow students and pose questions to the tutor

Quiz: Test what you have learnt with our fun multiple choice quiz

Certificate: When you pass the quiz you will be issued with a beautiful Idler Academy Certificate of Completion

Live online Meet the Tutor session with Henry Eliot: 5pm, Monday 2nd August, free for all Academy members and everyone else who has registered on the course by 29th July 2021.


About the tutor

Henry Eliot is an editor of the Penguin Classics series and the author of The Penguin Classics Book and The Penguin Modern Classics Book. He is also the presenter of the podcast On the Road with Penguin Classics. He has written a book about mazes called Follow This Thread and a book about London, Curiocity, which Philip Pullman described as the “most ingenious, insightful, inspiring, intoxicating, and simply interesting guide to the great city that I have ever seen”.