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- DescriptionGiovanni Boccaccio played a pivotal role in the extraordinary emergence of the Italian literary tradition in the fourteenth century, t only as author of the Decameron, but also as scribe of Dante, Petrarch and Cavalcanti. Using a single codex written entirely in Boccaccio's hand, Martin Eisner brings together material philology and literary history to reveal the multiple ways Boccaccio authorizes this vernacular literary tradition. Each chapter offers a vel interpretation of Boccaccio as a biographer, storyteller, editor and scribe, who constructs arguments, composes narratives, compiles texts and manipulates material forms to legitimize and advance a vernacular literary can. Situating these philological activities in the context of Boccaccio's broader reflections on poetry in the Decameron and the Genealogy of the Gentile Gods, the book produces a new portrait of Boccaccio that integrates his vernacular and Latin works, while also providing a new context for understanding his fictions.
- Author BiographyMartin Eisner is Assistant Professor of Italian Studies at Duke University, North Carolina.
- Author(s)Martin Eisner
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication12/09/2013
- SubjectLiterary Studies: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleCambridge Studies in Medieval Literature
- Series Part/Volume Number87
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note7 b/w illus. 4 tables
- Weight520 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine18 mm
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