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- DescriptionThe Novelli of Masuccio Salernita, long kwn for its gruesome scenes of violent humor and horror, is arguably the most important collection of short stories in Italian renaissance literature after the Decameron. This study, the first thorough analysis of the tales in English, explores the hidden literary, political, and cultural background of Masuccio's mordant satire. It uncovers the Novelli's sources, from the French fabliaux to Catalan poetry, from the Bible to Boccaccio, and examines the reflections of aristocratic fears in fifteenth-century Naples regarding the growing mendicant movement and the Turkish threat from the East. This volume closes with a new consideration of the modern theories of the grotesque and presents a convincing alternative to a Bakhtinian reading of Masuccio's classic work.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Michael Papio received his Ph.D. in Italian studies at Brown University and is presently Assistant Professor of Italian at the College of the Holy Cross. He has published articles on Dante, Boccaccio, and Italian cinema. His areas of specialization include medieval and renaissance prose. He is currently at work on a book dedicated to the evolution of the horror tale in early Italian fiction.
- Author(s)Michael Papio
- PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Date of Publication01/08/2000
- Series TitleRenaissance and Baroque Studies and Texts
- Series Part/Volume Number28
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Weight410 g
- Width160 mm
- Height230 mm
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