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Chaucer and Italian culture

By: Fulton, Helen(Edited by)

Part of the New Century Chaucer series
1786836785 / 9781786836786
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22 cm 288 pages
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Chaucerian scholarship has long been intrigued by the nature and consequences of Chaucer's exposure to Italian culture during his professional visits to Italy in the 1370s.

In this volume, leading scholars take a new and more holistic view of Chaucer's engagement with Italian cultural practice, moving beyond the traditional 'sources and analogues' approach to reveal the varied strands of Italian literature, art, politics and intellectual life that permeate Chaucer's work.

Each chapter examines from different angles links between Chaucerian texts and Italian intellectual models, including poetics, chorography, visual art, classicism, diplomacy and prophecy.

Echoes of Petrarch, Dante and Boccaccio reverberate throughout the book, across a rich and diverse landscape of Italian cultural legacies.

Together, the chapters cover a wide range of theory and reference, while sharing a united understanding of the rich impact of Italian culture on Chaucer's narrative art.


2ABC Middle English, 3H c 1000 CE to c 1500, DB Classical texts, DSBB Literary studies: classical, early & medieval, HBLC1 Medieval history

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