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By Teodolinda Barolini

during this booklet, Teodolinda Barolini explores the resources of Italian literary tradition within the figures of its lyric poets and its “three crowns”: Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio. Barolini perspectives the origins of Italian literary tradition via 4 prisms: the ideological/philosophical, the intertextual/multicultural, the structural/formal, and the social.

The essays within the first part deal with the ideology of affection and hope from the early lyric culture to the Inferno and its antecedents in philosophy and theology. within the moment, Barolini makes a speciality of Dante as inheritor to either the Christian visionary and the classical pagan traditions (with emphasis on Vergil and Ovid). The essays within the 3rd half study the narrative personality of Dante’s Vita nuova, Petrarch’s lyric series, and Boccaccio’s Decameron. Barolini additionally seems to be on the cultural implications of the editorial heritage of Dante’s rime and at what sparso as opposed to organico spells within the Italian imaginary. within the part on gender, she argues that the didactic texts meant for women’s use and guide, as explored by way of Guittone, Dante, and Boccaccio—but now not through Petrarch—were extra innovative than the courtly sort for which the Italian culture is celebrated.

Moving from the lyric origins of the Divine Comedy in “Dante and the Lyric prior” to Petrarch’s regressive stance on gender in “Notes towards a Gendered heritage of Italian Literature”—and encompassing, between others, Giacomo da Lentini, Guido Cavalcanti, and Guittone d’Arezzo—these 16 essays via considered one of our top critics body the literary tradition of thirteenth-and fourteenth-century Italy in clean, illuminating ways in which will turn out valuable and instructive to scholars and students alike.

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