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Adventures in speech : rhetoric and narration in Boccaccio's Decameron

Author: Pier Massimo Forni
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©1996.
Series: Middle Ages series.
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The Decameron is a narrative account of a situation in which narration takes place - a collection of one hundred stories set within a larger story. As a group of young men and women fleeing the plague trade stories to pass the time of crisis, storytelling occurs in a social context that allows for comment upon the tales by the tellers themselves, in a setting that elicits one story in return for another. In his  Read more...
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Forni, Pier Massimo.
Adventures in speech.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©1996
(DLC) 95043882
(OCoLC)33333434
Named Person: Giovanni Boccaccio; Giovanni Boccaccio; Giovanni Boccaccio; Giovanni Boccaccio; Giovanni Boccaccio
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Pier Massimo Forni
ISBN: 0585172056 9780585172057
OCLC Number: 44963001
Notes: Parts of this work were previously published in Italian.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 155 pages).
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Ch. 1. Configurations of Discourse --
Ch. 2. Pleasure and Response --
Ch. 3. Realism and the Needs of the Story --
Ch. 4. The Poetics of Realization --
Ch. 5. Rhetoric and Narration in the Story of Zima --
Appendix: Horror of Incest and Seduction of Literature in Boccaccio's Decameron.
Series Title: Middle Ages series.
Responsibility: Pier Massimo Forni.

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The Decameron is a narrative account of a situation in which narration takes place - a collection of one hundred stories set within a larger story. As a group of young men and women fleeing the plague trade stories to pass the time of crisis, storytelling occurs in a social context that allows for comment upon the tales by the tellers themselves, in a setting that elicits one story in return for another. In his close and original analysis, Pier Massimo Forni uses the notion of rhetoric as a guiding principle for a critical assessment of the Decameron. He explores the discursive tools with which the narrators connect the contents of their stories to their audience's environment, and goes on to argue that the book is significantly marked by Boccaccio's habit of exploring the narrative potential of rhetorical forms. Puzzling narrative segments and stories make new sense once they are understood to dramatize or enact metaphors and other figures of speech.

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