Antonio Malatesti, La Tina. Equivoci rusticali

Edited by Davide Messina

Critical Texts 41

Modern Humanities Research Association

1 March 2014  •  124pp

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The Florentine poet Antonio Malatesti (1610–1672) earned a brief but significant mention in the earliest history of Italian literature for his contributions to the renewal of the sonnet form in two genres, enigmatography and dithyrambic poetry. In more recent times, his name has cropped up most frequently because of a sequence of fifty bawdy sonnets entitled La Tina: equivoci rusticali, which Malatesti dedicated and presented to the young John Milton on the occasion of his visit to Florence in 1638. The dedication manuscript disappeared soon after Milton’s death and remained practically unknown until 1757, when it was found on a bookstall in London and copied as a curiosity. Then it disappeared again, and some scholars even suggested that it had never existed.

The present critical edition is based on the rediscovered autograph manuscript dedicated to Milton. The sonnets are furnished with linguistic footnotes and prefaced by a note on the author from a previously unknown copy by Giuseppe Baretti (1719–1789). A comprehensive introduction sheds light on the history of the manuscript, using new archival research, and it contributes to a wider understanding of Malatesti’s minor but exemplary position in the history of seventeenth-century Italian literature.

Davide Messina is Senior Lecturer in Italian at the University of Edinburgh. "La Tina. Equivoci rusticali dello scrittore fiorentino Antonio Malatesti." Mario Ceroti, Mosaici (2014), http://www.mosaici.org.uk/?items=566

Reviews:

  • ‘Dobbiamo rendere merito a Davide Messina, Senior Lecturer presso l’Università di Edimburgo e fine studioso di letteratura italiana del Seicento, se possiamo leggere ed apprezzare i cinquanta sonetti che compongono la raccolta poetica’ — Mario Ceroti, Mosaici online at www.mosaici.org.uk, 2014

Contents:

i-iv
Front Matter
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v-v
Table of Contents
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vi-vi
Acknowledgements
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vii-viii
Abbreviations
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1-47
Introduction
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49-52
Notizie Intorno All’autore
Giuseppe Baretti
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53-106
La Tina: equivoci rusticali
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107-108
NOTE ON THE TEXT
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109-114
Bibliography
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115-116
Back Matter
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Bibliography entry:

Messina, Davide (ed.), Antonio Malatesti, La Tina. Equivoci rusticali, Critical Texts, 41 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2014)

First footnote reference: 35 Antonio Malatesti, La Tina. Equivoci rusticali, ed. by Davide Messina, Critical Texts, 41 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2014), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Messina, p. 47.

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Messina, Davide (ed.). 2014. Antonio Malatesti, La Tina. Equivoci rusticali, Critical Texts, 41 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Messina 2014: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Messina 2014: 21.

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