Boccaccio: A Critical Guide To The Complete Works

Hardcover | January 9, 2014

EditorVictoria Kirkham, Michael Sherberg, Janet Levarie Smarr

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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.

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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 ...

Victoria Kirkham is professor emerita of Romance languages at the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Philadelphia. 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...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:576 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.6 inPublished:January 9, 2014Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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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

Editorial Reviews

“This major contribution to the centennial celebrations of Boccaccio’s birth (1313–2013) offers a magisterial overview of his many and diverse works, noting their interconnections and their relationship to the preceding literary traditions, classical and medieval. The collection also provides an assessment of current scholarship and a presentation of various critical perspectives, thus serving as a guide to future studies. Those readers familiar only with the Decameron will be especially enlightened as to Boccaccio’s importance to and central role in the literary, artistic, and cultural life of the Trecento. Indeed, we marvel at the remarkable depth of his learning and the breadth of his literary production, which, in Italian and Latin, encompasses virtually all genres. Although Dante and Petrarch were his literary models and inspiration, Boccaccio succeeded in crafting his own distinctive voice(s) and variegated literary identity. This monumental volume firmly places Boccaccio, the third of the “three crowns,” in the pantheon of authors who have had a major influence on world literature.”