Cambridge Companion to Boccaccio

October 30, 2020
Cambridge Companion to Boccaccio

Incorporating the most recent research by scholars in Italy, theUK, Ireland and North America, this collection of essaysforegrounds Boccaccio's significance as a pre-eminent scholar andmediator of the classical and vernacular traditions, whoseinnovative textual practices confirm him as a figure of equalstanding to Petrarch and Dante. Situating Boccaccio and his worksin their cultural contexts, the Companion introduces a wide rangeof his texts, paying close attention to his formal innovations,elaborate voicing strategies, and the tensions deriving from hisposition as a medieval author who places women at the centre of hiswork. Four chapters are dedicated to different aspects of hismasterpiece, the Decameron, while particular attention is paid tothe material forms of his works: from his own textual strategies asthe shaper of his own and others' literary legacies, to hissubsequent editorial history, and translation into other languagesand media.