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The Italian romance epic in the age of humanism : the matter of Italy and the world of Rome

Author: J E Everson
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The immense success of the Italian romance or chivalric epic between the mid-fourteenth century and the sixteenth century constitutes a striking paradox. Through an analysis of aspects of both the cultural context and major literary texts, this book shows that the traditional distinction of popular versus elite culture cannot be maintained. The study reveals a process of syncretism and symbiosis through which the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Ludovico Ariosto; Giovanni Boccaccio; Francesco Petrarca
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: J E Everson
ISBN: 0198160151 9780198160151
OCLC Number: 47231812
Description: xii, 386 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. I. Introduction. 1. Approaches to the Romance Epic --
pt. II. Texts and Contexts. 2. Prehistory of the Romance Epic in Italy. 3. (Re- )Reading the Classics. 4. Petrarch and Boccaccio: Starting Points, Turning Points, and Blind Alleys. 5. Books, Readers, and Reception --
pt. III. New Perspectives, New Readings. 6. Mars and Venus --
Love and War. 7. The Figure of the Hero. 8. The One and the Many: Constructing the Plot --
pt. IV. Conclusion. 9. The Paradoxical Success of the Romance Epic: Ariosto and Beyond.
Responsibility: Jane E. Everson.

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The romance or chivalric epic was the most popular form of literature in Renaissance Italy. This book shows how it owed its appeal to a successful fusion of traditional, medieval tales of Charlemagne  Read more...

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