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Boccaccio

Martin L. McLaughlin

in Literary Imitation in the Italian Renaissance: The Theory and Practice of Literary Imitation in Italy from Dante to Bembo

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198158998
eISBN:
9780191673443
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158998.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Although Giovanni Boccaccio (1314–75) was Petrarch's disciple, in some respects he advanced further along the road of humanism than his master. He was more familiar with Greek and eventually gained ... More


Dante’s Epistle to Cangrande and its Two Authors: Italian Lecture

CARLO GINZBURG

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 139, 2005 Lectures

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263945
eISBN:
9780191734038
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263945.003.0008
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter discusses a new interpretation of an epistle to Cangrande della Scala, a lord of Verona. For over a century, the question of whether Dante wrote the epistle or not has been the object of ... More


Dante and Boccaccio

John Marenbon

in Pagans and Philosophers: The Problem of Paganism from Augustine to Leibniz

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691142555
eISBN:
9781400866359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691142555.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter considers the highly paradoxical position occupied by ancient pagans, who are considered genuinely and outstandingly virtuous and yet at the same are condemned to Hell. This paradox is ... More


Chaucer and Boccaccio’s Il Filostrato

Peter Mack

in Reading Old Books: Writing with Traditions

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691194004
eISBN:
9780691195353
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691194004.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

This chapter shows how Geoffrey Chaucer's relationship to literary tradition can be explored through his study, translation, and adaptation of one Italian poem—Giovanni Boccaccio's Il Filostrato. ... More


The Cuckold

Alison Sinclair

in The Deceived Husband: A Kleinian Approach to the Literature of Infidelity

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151906
eISBN:
9780191672880
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151906.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In considering the tale of a cuckold, Geoffrey Chaucer's Miller's Tale, and others, in the light of Kleiman analysis, there is a major distinction to be made. Within the character of the cuckold ... More


Duke Humfrey and Other Imaginary Readers

Daniel Wakelin

in Humanism, Reading, and English Literature 1430-1530

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199215881
eISBN:
9780191706899
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215881.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter evaluates images of the ‘implied reader’, Humfrey Duke of Gloucester, in letters by Italian scholars, The Fall of Princes by John Lydgate, and the anonymous On Husbondrie. It considers ... More


Boccaccio's Auerbach: Holding the Mirror up to Mimesis

Albert Russell Ascoli

in A Local Habitation and a Name: Imagining Histories in the Italian Renaissance

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823234288
eISBN:
9780823241231
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823234288.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter, like the previous one, interrogates the use of a single text or author to define a major break in Western cultural and especially literary history, in this case Auerbach's reading in ... More


Pyrrhus's Rules: Playing with Power in Boccaccio's Decameron

Albert Russell Ascoli

in A Local Habitation and a Name: Imagining Histories in the Italian Renaissance

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823234288
eISBN:
9780823241231
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823234288.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter analyzes Boccaccio's exploration in Decameron, Day 7 (and surroundings) of the dynamics of the unequal struggle for power between men and women in a shifty “pyrrhic dynamic” in which ... More


The Emblematic Woman

Wendy Heller

in Emblems of Eloquence: Opera and Women's Voices in Seventeenth-Century Venice

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520209336
eISBN:
9780520919341
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520209336.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter presents the emblematic woman drawn from the ancient world whose virtues and vices were fashioned and refashioned to express early modern notions of femininity. The crescendo in the ... More


Men of Honour

Alison Sinclair

in The Deceived Husband: A Kleinian Approach to the Literature of Infidelity

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151906
eISBN:
9780191672880
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151906.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

A different, and complementary, view of the wronged husband is presented by the concept of the man of honour. To distinguish in general terms between the two, this chapter highlights the respective ... More


Fabulous Women, Fables of Patronage Metham's Amoryus and Cleopes and BL MS Additional 10304

Kara Doyle

in Medieval Poetics and Social Practice: Responding to the Work of Penn R. Szittya

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780823243242
eISBN:
9780823243280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823243242.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Kara Doyle focuses on medieval women as literary patrons; as she points out, “in the Middle Ages, the relationship between poetry and social practice is often negotiated through the mechanisms of ... More


Cleopatra: housewife

Mary Hamer

in Signs of Cleopatra: Reading an Icon Historically

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780859898263
eISBN:
9781781380727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780859898263.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter examines the representations of Cleopatra from Giovanni Boccaccio's De Claris Mulieribus and Francesco Petrarch's De Remediis utriusque Fortunae. It notes that the pair of woodcuts ... More


John Lydgate's Fall of Princes: Narrative Tragedy in its Literary and Political Contexts

Nigel Mortimer

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199275014
eISBN:
9780191705939
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275014.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The Fall of Princes by the Benedictine writer John Lydgate (c.1370-1450) is a translation of Giovanni Boccaccio's De casibus virorum illustrium (1355-60) via an intermediary French prose version by ... More


From Boccaccio to the Incogniti: The Cultural Politics of the Italian Tale in English Translation in the Seventeenth Century

Guyda Armstrong

in Seventeenth-Century Fiction: Text and Transmission

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780198737261
eISBN:
9780191800740
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198737261.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

By the turn of the seventeenth century, the short-form Italian novella in English translation, as a distinct cultural form, was very much on the way out. Yet this near-obsolete genre would resurface ... More


‘Think me cold, frozen, and impotent, and so report me?’: Volpone and His ‘Castrone’ Complex

Isaac Hui

in Volpone's Bastards: Theorising Jonson's City Comedy

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474423472
eISBN:
9781474444958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423472.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Reading Jonson with the Fabliau, Boccaccio and Chaucer, this chapter, with the help of Lacan’s theory, rereads Volpone Act 3 scene 7, explaining why Volpone ‘delays’ his ‘rape’ of Celia. While ... More


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