Boccaccio's Decameron and the Ciceronian Renaissance by M. GrudinBoccaccio's Decameron and the Ciceronian Renaissance by M. Grudin

Boccaccio's Decameron and the Ciceronian Renaissance

byM. Grudin, Robert Grudin

Hardcover | May 17, 2012

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Boccaccio's Decameron and the Ciceronian Renaissance is a path-breaking study of a timeless masterpiece. Based on new readings of Cicero's late works, De legibus, De re publica, and De officiis, Michaela Paasche Grudin and Robert Grudin show that Ciceronian social thought provided Boccaccio with the basis for a radical reconsideration of his own culture, inspiring his call in the Decameron for a new awareness based on reason, nature, and the autonomy of the individual.

Michaela Paasche Grudin is a professor emerita at Lewis and Clark College. She is the author of Chaucer and the Politics of Discourse and her essays, including the recent 'Making War on the Widow: Boccaccio's Il Corbaccio and Florentine Liberty,' have appeared in PMLA, Studies in the Age of Chaucer, The Chaucer Review, Speculum, and V...
Title:Boccaccio's Decameron and the Ciceronian RenaissanceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:200 pagesPublished:May 17, 2012Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230341128

ISBN - 13:9780230341128


Table of Contents

Introduction: Cicero and the Decameron
Ingegno: The Individual and Authority: Decameron Day I
Ingegno: Wit as the Soul of Action: Day II
Ingegno: Wit as Misdirection and Iconoclasm: Day III
Reason's Debt to Passion: Day IV
The Shock of Recognition: Day V
Misrule and Inspiration: Day VI
Valley of Ingegno: Day VII
Boccaccio's Ship of Fools: Day VIII
Truth, Lie and Eloquence: Day IX
The Ciceronian Synthesis and 'Author's Conclusion:' Day X
The Decameron and Italian Culture

Editorial Reviews

"Boccaccio scholars and all readers interested in the Decameron who are tempted to dismiss this study for its title's last words - the Ciceronian Renaissance in the Decameron - should take heed: This substantial volume by Michaela Paasche and Robert Grudin, a wife and husband team of scholars, succeeds in offering what many other studies of comparable length have failed to do, namely, a comprehensive analysis of Boccaccio's masterpiece in its entirety from a novel perspective, which is appealing and which explains many challenging elements of Boccaccio's masterpiece." - Annali d'Italianistica "By exposing Boccaccio's debt to Cicero, Grudin and Grudin offer a fresh and thought-provoking contribution to Decameron studies." - Speculum