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The elegy of Lady Fiammetta

Author: Giovanni Boccaccio; Mariangela Causa-Steindler; Thomas Mauch
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Lady Fiammetta, the first-person narrator and protagonist, recounts how, although a married woman, she falls in love with a handsome young foreigner named Panfilo and, driven by irresistible passion, becomes his lover. Panfilo subsequently abandons Fiammetta and returns to his native land, where his elderly father is said to be dying. When he fails to keep his promise to return, Fiammetta, in what is the heart of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Love stories
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Giovanni Boccaccio; Mariangela Causa-Steindler; Thomas Mauch
ISBN: 0226062759 9780226062754 0226062767 9780226062761
OCLC Number: 21600872
Language Note: Translation of: Elegia di madonna Fiammetta.
Notes: Translation of: Elegia di madonna Fiammetta.
Description: xxvi, 182 pages ; 23 cm
Other Titles: Fiammetta.
Responsibility: Giovanni Boccaccio ; edited and translated by Mariangela Causa-Steindler and Thomas Mauch ; with an introduction by Mariangela Causa-Steindler.
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Lady Fiammetta, the first-person narrator and protagonist, recounts how, although a married woman, she falls in love with a handsome young foreigner named Panfilo and, driven by irresistible passion, becomes his lover. Panfilo subsequently abandons Fiammetta and returns to his native land, where his elderly father is said to be dying. When he fails to keep his promise to return, Fiammetta, in what is the heart of the narrative, describes her longings, her anguish, and her despair. A host of contradictory sentiments drive her to desperation and to an unsuccessful suicide attempt. After a time, Fiammetta resumes her futile wait for Panfilo. She finally resolves to seek him out in his native land. Disguising her true intent from her husband, she secures his promise to help her in this undertaking. Addressing an exclusively female audience, Fiammetta warns them about the vicious ways of men. Her whole narrative, in fact, adds up to an indictment of men as both readers and lovers. Eliciting a remarkably wide range of responses from readers and critics, Fiammetta has been variously described as a pathetic victim of male cruelty; an irresponsible fool of a girl; a sophisticated, cunning, and wholly disingenuous female; and, finally, a genuinely modern woman. Whatever judgment we make of her, Fiammetta stands out among medieval women as an ardent and outspoken feminist.

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