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Boccaccio: A Critical Guide to the Complete Works

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Long celebrated as one of “the Three Crowns” of Florence, Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–75) experimented widely with the forms of literature. His prolific and innovative writings—which range beyond the novella, from lyric to epic, from biography to mythography and geography, from pastoral and romance to invective—became powerful models for authors in Italy and across the Continent.           
           
This collection of essays presents Boccaccio’s life and creative output in its encyclopedic diversity. Exploring a variety of genres, Latin as well as Italian, it provides short descriptions of all his works, situates them in his oeuvre, and features critical expositions of their most salient features and innovations. Designed for readers at all levels, it will appeal to scholars of literature, medieval and Renaissance studies, humanism and the classical tradition; as well as European historians, art historians, and students of material culture and the history of the book. Anchored by an introduction and chronology, this volume contains contributions by prominent Boccaccio scholars in the United States, as well as essays by contributors from France, Italy, and the United Kingdom. The year 2013, Boccaccio’s seven-hundredth birthday, will be an important one for the study of his work and will see an increase in academic interest in reassessing his legacy.

About the Author

Victoria Kirkham is professor emerita of Romance languages at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of three books, most recently of Fabulous Vernacular: Boccaccio’s Filocolo and the Art of Medieval Fiction.
Michael Sherberg is associate professor of Italian at Washington University in St. Louis. He lives in St. Louis.

Janet Levarie Smarr is professor of theater history and Italian studies at the University of California, San Diego. She lives in La Jolla, CA.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Chronology of Boccaccio’s Life and Works

Victoria Kirkham

Introduction: A Man of Many Turns

Janet Levarie Smarr

PART I THE VERNACULAR MASTER

1 Also Known as “Prencipe Galeotto” (Decameron)

Ronald L. Martinez

2 The Textual History of the Decameron

Brian Richardson

PART II THE AUTODIDACT

3 Moments of Latin Poetry (Carmina)

Giuseppe Velli

4 A Fable of the World’s Creation and Phaeton’s Fall (Allegoria mitologica)

Steven M. Grossvogel

5 A Portrait of a Young Humanist (Epistolae 1–4)

Jason Houston

PART III CLASSICAL ROMANCES

6 Love-Struck in Naples (Filostrato)

David Wallace

7 A Lovers’ Tale and Auspicious Beginning (Filocolo)

Elissa Weaver

8 The Girl outside the Window (Teseida delle nozze d’Emilia)

Michael Sherberg

PART IV ALLEGORICAL TERZA RIMA

9 The Game of Love (Caccia di Diana)

Arielle Saiber

10 Mural Morality in Tableaux Vivants (Amorosa visione)

Jonathan Usher

PART V NEW PASTORALS

11 On the Threshold of Paradise (Comedia delle ninfe fiorentine, or Ameto)

Jane Tylus

12 Myth and History: Toward a New Order (Ninfale fiesolano)

Susanna Barsella

13 The Changing Landscape of the Self (Buccolicum carmen)

David Lummus

PART VI WOMAN AND WOMEN

14 An Experiment in the Healing Power of Literature (Elegia di madonna Fiammetta)

Annelise M. Brody

15 Rhetoric and Invective in Love’s Labyrinth (Il Corbaccio)

Letizia Panizza

16 Doing and Undoing: Boccaccio’s Feminism (De mulieribus claris)

Deanna Shemek

PART VII DEVOTION TO DANTE AND PETRARCH

17 A Life in Progress (De vita et moribus Francisci Petracchi de Florentia)

Giuseppe Mazzotta

18 To Praise Dante, to Please Petrarch (Trattatello in laude di Dante)

Elsa Filosa

19 Boccaccio’s Divided Allegiance (Esposizioni sopra la “Comedia”)

Robert Hollander

PART VIII HISTORIAN AND HUMANIST

20 Gods, Greeks, and Poetry (Genealogia deorum gentilium)

Jon Solomon

21 Boccaccio on Fortune (De casibus virorum illustrium)

Simone Marchesi

22 Vernacularization in Context (Volgarizzamenti of Livy, Valerius Maximus, and Ovid)

Alison Cornish

PART IX GEOGRAPHICAL EXPLORATIONS

23 Boccaccio’s Humanistic Ethnography (De Canaria)

James K. Coleman

24 Between Text and Territory (De montibus, silvis, fontibus, lacubus, fluminibus, stagnis seu paludibus et de diversis nominibus maris)

Theodore J. Cachey Jr.

PART X MISCELLANIES: Lyrics, Letters, Notebooks

25 Pathways through the Lyric Forest (Rime)

Roberto Fedi

26 Personality and Conflict (Epistole, Lettere)

Todd Boli

27 Boccaccio’s Working Notebooks (Zibaldone Laurenziano, Miscellanea Laurenziana,

Zibaldone Magliabechiano)

Claude Cazalé-Bérard

PART XI EPILOGUE

28 A Visual Legacy (Boccaccio as Artist)

Victoria Kirkham

29 An Intimate Self-Portrait (Testamentum)

Michael Papio

Notes

Bibliography

List of Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226079189
Author:
Kirkham, Victoria
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Smarr, Janet Levarie
Author:
Sherberg, Michael
Subject:
Italian
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20140131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
13 halftones
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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