The course examines the concepts of humanism and Renaissance, as well as the cultural and historical foundations of humanism and Renaissance in Europe. Particular attention is paid to the relationship to the ancient literary heritage and the Middle Ages. It covers the study of the “Renaissance myth” and the features of humanist education, as well as the genre system of Renaissance literature and the relations among the arts in the Renaissance. The fundamental Renaissance poetic issues are examined through the analysis of the poetic views of: G. Boccaccio, L. Bruni, G. Pontano, G. Fracastro, P. Sydney, G. Maggi, A. Piccolomini, A. Castelvetro, T. Tasso, F. Petrarch, P. Aretino, L. Dolce, G. Bruno, M.G. Vida. The course covers the study of the following works: D. Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, G. Petrarch’s Canzoniere, W. Shakespeare’s Sonnets, P. de Ronsard’s Sonnets and Pleiades, G. Boccaccio’s Decameron, F. Rablais’ Gargantua and Pantagruel, M. de Cervantes’ Don Quixote, W. Shakespeare’s plays, and M. de Montaigne’s Essays.