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Boccaccio and the invention of italian literature.

Author: Martin Eisner
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Cambridge Univ Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English

This book provides a new perspective on the extraordinary emergence of the Italian literary tradition through the close investigation of a single codex, written entirely in Boccaccio's hand, that  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Eisner
ISBN: 1316619699 9781316619698
OCLC Number: 949143050
Contents: Introduction: Boccaccio between Dante and Petrarch: cultivating vernacular literary community in the Chigi codex; 1. Dante's dirty feet and the limping republic: Boccaccio's defense of literature in the Vita di Dante; 2. Dante's shame and Boccaccio's paratextual praise: editing the Vita nuova, Commedia, and canzoni distese; 3. The making of Petrarch's vernacular Book of Fragments (Fragmentorum liber); 4. The inventive scribe: glossing Cavalcanti in the Chigi and Decameron 6.9; Epilogue: the allegory of the vernacular: Boccaccio's Esposizioni and Petrarch's Griselda.


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'Eisner's book is a welcome addition to studies on the self-authorizing project of the Italian poets at a key moment in the rise of European vernaculars. It is also a particularly fine specimen of Read more...

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