Petrarch Commentary and Exegesis in Renaissance Italy and Beyond
Materiality, Paratexts and Interpretative Strategies

Edited by Guyda Armstrong, Simon A. Gilson and Federica Pich

Italian Perspectives 56

Legenda

22 January 2023  •  256pp

ISBN: 978-1-839541-48-3 (hardback)  •  RRP £85, $115, €99

ISBN: 978-1-839541-49-0 (paperback, forthcoming)

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This volume explores the complex phenomenon of exegetical work produced from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century on Petrarch’s vernacular poetry, that is, both his Rerum vulgarium fragmenta (Canzoniere) and his Triumphi (Trionfi). This body of exegesis takes the form of commentaries, annotations, academic lectures, and other forms of para­textual and critical intervention, from biographies and glossaries to marginal notes and illustrative programmes.

The volume gathers together ten contributions from Anglo-American, Italian and continental scholarship. It combines rigorous analyses of specific commentators and lecturers (the author of the ‘Portilia’ commentary, Silvano da Venafro, Giovan Battista Gelli) alongside contributions devoted to interpretative strategies in both commentaries and academic lectures. It also explores the reception in Italy, France and England of the major Petrarch commentary by Alessandro Vellutello, as well as forms of reception and interpretation in paratexts and images. The volume is divided into three sections: ‘Philology, Materiality and Paratexts’; ‘Exegetical Strategies in Commentaries and Lessons’; and ‘Visual Exegesis and Reception in France and England’.

Contents:

ix-xi
Notes On the Contributors
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xii-xiii
List of Illustrations
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xiv-xiv
List of Abbreviations
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1-24
Introduction
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25-40
I Trionfi nell’esegesi del Commento Portilia
Bernhard Huss
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41-58
Come veniva letto il Vellutello nel Cinquecento.: Fortuna e fruizione dei commenti al Petrarca volgare
Sabrina Stroppa
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59-78
Il commento a Petrarca di Silvano da Venafro (1533)
Nicole Volta
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79-94
Forms and Aims of Exegesis in Girolamo Ruscelli’s Editions of Petrarch (1554)
Brian Richardson
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95-122
Reading Petrarch’s Sonnets of the Innamoramento (Rerum vulgarium fragmenta 2 and 3) in Early Modern Italy
Giacomo Comiati
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123-140
Petrarca, il ritratto e le arti figurative.: La lezione di Giambattista Gelli sui sonetti 77 e 78 del Canzoniere
Johannes Bartuschat
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141-160
Utile dulci in Sixteenth-Century Readings of the Canzoniere.: Ethical Issues in Academic Lectures on Petrarch
Lorenzo Sacchini
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161-176
La traduzione del Canzoniere di Petrarca di Vasquin Philieul (1548) e il suo commento letterario-morale
Jean Balsamo
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177-212
‘From thowght to thowght’: How Thomas Wyatt Read (and Heard) his Petrarch
William T. Rossiter
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213-232
Visual Exegesis of the Fragmenta: Book Illustrations and Emblematic Invention
Andrea Torre
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233-242
Index
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Bibliography entry:

Armstrong, Guyda, Simon A. Gilson, and Federica Pich (eds), Petrarch Commentary and Exegesis in Renaissance Italy and Beyond: Materiality, Paratexts and Interpretative Strategies, Italian Perspectives, 56 (Legenda, 2023)

First footnote reference: 35 Petrarch Commentary and Exegesis in Renaissance Italy and Beyond: Materiality, Paratexts and Interpretative Strategies, ed. by Guyda Armstrong, Simon A. Gilson and Federica Pich, Italian Perspectives, 56 (Legenda, 2023), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Armstrong, Gilson, and Pich, p. 47.

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Armstrong, Guyda, Simon A. Gilson, and Federica Pich (eds). 2023. Petrarch Commentary and Exegesis in Renaissance Italy and Beyond: Materiality, Paratexts and Interpretative Strategies, Italian Perspectives, 56 (Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Armstrong, Gilson, and Pich 2023: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Armstrong, Gilson, and Pich 2023: 21.

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