Interpreting and Judging Petrarch’s Canzoniere in Early Modern Italy

Edited by Maiko Favaro

Italian Perspectives 49


10 December 2021  •  192pp

ISBN: 978-1-781885-72-7 (hardback)  •  RRP £85, $115, €99

ISBN: 978-1-781885-84-0 (paperback, 19 February 2024  )

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Petrarch’s Canzoniere had a central role in the Italian Early Modern culture, especially – but not only – in the sixteenth century, as is shown by its remarkable diffusion in print and manuscript copies, and its status as supreme poetic and linguistic model. As a result, many commentaries and other types of texts aiming at explaining and evaluating Petrarch’s poems date from that period. The essays in this volume study the diversity of ways in which the Canzoniere was read, judged and interpreted in Italy across a broad chronological span, from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. The volume also draws attention to some neglected but stimulating works that deserve scholarly attention.

Maiko Favaro is Lecturer of Italian Literature at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland).


  • ‘Angesichts des wenig bekannten Textkorpus stellt Favaros Sammelband eine wichtige Bereicherung der Petrarca-Forschung der letzten Jahre dar. Auf der einen Seite wirft das Buch die Frage auf, inwieweit der Begriff des Petrarkismus für die aktuelle Diskussion noch fruchtbar sein kann. Auf der anderen Seite erweist sich Petrarca als eine Funktion, die die Literaturwissenschaft dazu anregt, das Textkorpus zu erweitern, um im Dialog mit anderen Disziplinen auch sonst vernachlässigte Diskurse zu berücksichtigen. Wie Interpreting and judging Petrarch’s Canzoniere in early modern Italy zeigt, ist die Petrarca-Funktion nicht nur in der Lage, wesentliche Teile der italienischen Literaturgeschichte zusammenzufassen, sondern auch neue Perspektiven auf die italienische Kulturgeschichte zu eröffnen.’ — Nicolas Longinotti, Germanische-Romanische Monatsschrift 74.1, 2024, 115-17
  • ‘Favaro’s volume is a good place to start to understand the critical phenomena associated with the reception, study, and influence of the Renaissance’s refashioned Canzoniere.’ — H. Wayne Storey, Renaissance and Reformation 46.2, Spring 2024, 216-19 (full text online)


Maiko Favaro
A Problematic and Contradictory Authority: Petrarch in the Love Treatises of the Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries
Maiko Favaro
Editing Petrarch in Venice: The Canzoniere in the Dispute between Ruscelli and Dolce
Cristina Acucella
Laura’s Nobility and Greatness in Two Sixteenth-Century Florentine Speeches by Simone della Barba (1554) and Francesco de’ Vieri (1580)
Guglielmo Barucci
Judging Petrarch in the Venetian Accademia della Fama: Celio Magno and His Prefatione sopra il Petrarca (c. 1558)
Giacomo Comiati
Anthological Discorsi as Means of ‘Doctrinization’ of Petrarchism in the Rime degli Accademici Occulti (1568){super}*{/super}
Simona Oberto
Reading Petrarch: Gregorio Anastagi’s (1536/39–1601) Manuscript Writings on Petrarch’s Canzoniere
Lorenzo Sacchini
Deconstructing Petrarch: {sb}Alessandro Tassoni’s Considerazioni sopra le Rime del Petrarca{super}*{/super}{/sb}
Andrea Lazzarini
Petrarch, Aristotle, and the Inquisition: The Controversy between Giuseppe degli Aromatari and Alessandro Tassoni
Laura Benedetti
‘Nobiltà dello stile’ and ‘grandezza e rarità del pensiero’: Petrarch and the Petrarchists in Apostolo Zeno’s Giornale de’ letterati italiani (1710–18){super}*{/super}
Giacomo Vagni

Bibliography entry:

Favaro, Maiko (ed.), Interpreting and Judging Petrarch’s Canzoniere in Early Modern Italy, Italian Perspectives, 49 (Legenda, 2021)

First footnote reference: 35 Interpreting and Judging Petrarch’s Canzoniere in Early Modern Italy, ed. by Maiko Favaro, Italian Perspectives, 49 (Legenda, 2021), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Favaro, p. 47.

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Favaro, Maiko (ed.). 2021. Interpreting and Judging Petrarch’s Canzoniere in Early Modern Italy, Italian Perspectives, 49 (Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Favaro 2021: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Favaro 2021: 21.

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