Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio
Literature, Doctrine, Reality

Zygmunt G. Barański

Selected Essays 6

Legenda

  17 February 2020  •  658pp

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Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio, the three crowns of Italian literature, dealt with literature, doctrine, and reality in distinct, yet also overlapping, ways. In this major collection of nineteen essays, Barański explores how they endeavoured to create and establish their authority and identity as writers, while developing new ideas about literature and its status in the world, and, especially in Dante’s case, forging and legitimating new forms of writing. Each treated other authors, such as Guido Cavalcanti, or intellectuals, such as Epicurus, polemically and selectively as foils to their own self-portraits. Petrarch and Boccaccio had also to contend with Dante, and his extraordinary success as a ‘modern’ vernacular authority, though they employed very different strategies for doing so. Barański's close attention to the medieval context uniting these greatest of medieval writers is complemented by an equally close attention to the scholarly tradition on the questions addressed. To be a historian of literature also means being a historian of one’s subject.

Zygmunt G. Barański is Serena Professor of Italian Emeritus at the University of Cambridge and Notre Dame Professor of Dante & Italian Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He has published extensively on Dante, on medieval Italian literature, on Dante’s fourteenth- and twentieth-century reception, and on twentieth-century Italian literature, film, and culture. For many years he was senior editor of The Italianist, and currently holds the same position with Le tre corone.

Contents:

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Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio: Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio
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vii-viii
Table of Contents
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ix-x
List of Sources
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xi-xiv
Abbreviations and Editions
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1-18
Introduction ‘A Contrariness in It’: Seven ‘Fragmented’ Reflections
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21-44
Chapter 1 On Dante’s Trail: From 1295 To 2018
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45-81
Chapter 2 Dante and Doctrine (and Theology)
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82-134
Chapter 3 (un)orthodox Dante
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135-162
Chapter 4 ‘Reflecting’ On the Divine and On the Human: Paradiso Xxii
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163-206
Chapter 5 ‘Affectivity’ and Theology: the Representation of Beatitude in Dante’s Paradiso
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209-256
Chapter 6 ‘Tres Enim Sunt Manerie Dicendi…’: Some Observations On Medieval Literature, ‘Genre’, and Dante
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257-293
Chapter 7 ‘Primo Tra Cotanto Senno’: Dante and the Latin Comic Tradition
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294-322
Chapter 8 the Poetics of Metre: Terza Rima, ‘Canto’, ‘Canzon’, ‘Cantica’
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325-346
Chapter 9 Purgatorio Xxv: Creating Poetic Bodies
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347-392
Chapter 10 Petrarch, Dante, Cavalcanti
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393-416
Chapter 11 ‘Io Mi Rivolgo Indietro A Ciascun Passo’ (rvf 15. 1): Petrarch, the Fabula of Eurydice and Orpheus, and the Structure of the Canzoniere
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417-440
Chapter 12 ‘Weeping’ and ‘Singing’ With Orpheus (and With Dante): Emotional and Poetic Structures in Rerum Vulgarium Fragmenta 281–90
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443-469
Chapter 13 Guido Cavalcanti and His First Readers
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470-487
Chapter 14 the Ethics of Ignorance: Petrarch’s Epicurus and Averroes and the Structures of De Sui Ipsius Et Multorum Ignorantia
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488-527
Chapter 15 ‘Alquanto Tenea Della Oppinione Degli Epicuri’: the Auctoritas of Boccaccio’s Cavalcanti (and Dante)
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528-540
Chapter 16 Boccaccio and Epicurus: From Epy To Tito and Gisippo
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543-576
Chapter 17 Guido Cavalcanti Among the Cruces of Inferno Ix-Xi, Or Dante and the History of Reason
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577-602
Chapter 18 ‘E Cominciare Stormo’: Notes On Dante’s Sieges
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603-614
Chapter 19 Scatology and Obscenity in Dante
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615-624
List of Publications
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625-636
General Index
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637-642
Index of References To Dante, Boccaccio, and Petrarch
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643-644
Index of Manuscripts
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Barański, Zygmunt G., Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio: Literature, Doctrine, Reality, Selected Essays, 6 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2020)

First footnote reference: 35 Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio: Literature, Doctrine, Reality, zygmunt G. Barański, Selected Essays, 6 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2020), p. 21.

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Barański, Zygmunt G.. 2020. Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio: Literature, Doctrine, Reality, Selected Essays, 6 (Cambridge: Legenda)

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