The Decameron

Author: Giovanni Boccaccio

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393523004

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Page: N.A

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A Rhetoric of the Decameron

Author: Marilyn Migiel

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802085948

Category: History

Page: 219

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Migiel challenges readers to pay attention to Boccaccio's language and ultimately, Migiel contends, the stories of the Decameron suggest that as women become more empowered, the limitations on them, including the threat of violence, become more insistent. Both a passionate denunciation of masculinist readings of the Decameron and a meticulous critique of previous feminist analyses, Marilyn Migiel's A Rhetoric of the Decameron offers a sophisticated re-examination of the representations of women, men, gender identity, sexuality, love, hate, morality, and truth in Boccaccio's masterpiece. The Decameron stages an ongoing, dynamic, and spirited debate about issues as urgent now as in the fourteenth century - a debate that can only be understood if the Decameron's rhetorical objectives and strategies are completely reconceived. Addressing herself equally to those who argue for a proto-feminist Boccaccio - a quasi-liberal champion of women's autonomy - and to those who argue for a positivistically secure historical Boccaccio who could not possibly anticipate the concerns of the twenty-first century, Migiel challenges readers to pay attention to Boccaccio's language, to his pronouns, his passives, his echolalia, his patterns of repetition, and his figurative language. She argues that human experience, particularly in the sexual realm, is articulated differently by the Decameron's male and female narrators, and refutes the notion that the Decameron offers an undifferentiated celebration of Eros. Ultimately, Migiel contends, the stories of the Decameron suggest that as women become more empowered, the limitations on them, including the threat of violence, become more insistent.

Boccaccio: Decameron

Author: David Wallace

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521388511

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 117

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In Boccaccio's innovative text, ten young people leave Florence to escape the Black Death of 1348, and organize their collective life in the countryside through the pleasure and discipline of story-telling. David Wallace guides the reader through their one hundred novelle, which explore both new and familiar conflicts from private and public spheres of life with unprecedented subtlety, urgency and humour. He emphasises the relationship between Decameron and the precocious vitality of Florentine culture in Boccaccio's time. He also discusses gender issues and the influence of the text particularly on Chaucer and the novel.

Tales from the Decameron

Author: Giovanni Boccaccio

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 014192750X

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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Bawdy and moving, hilarious and reflective - these stories offer the very best of Boccaccio's Decameron in a brilliant, playful new translation. This hugely enjoyable volume collects the best stories of Boccaccio's masterwork in a fresh, accessible new translation by Peter Hainsworth. It includes such celebrated, thought-provoking tales as 'Isabella and the Pot of Basil' (famously adapted by Keats) and 'Patient Griselda' alongside many boisterous and daring stories featuring faithless wives, philandering priests and curious nuns.

The Decameron

Selected Tales

Author: Giovanni Boccaccio

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486149463

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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A group of escapees from plague-ridden Florence pass the time by telling tales of romance in this landmark of medieval literature. Features 25 of the original 100 stories. J. M. Rigg translation.

The Decameron Third Day in Perspective

Author: Francesco Ciabattoni,Pier Massimo Forni

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 144261644X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

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Divided into ten days of ten novellas each, Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron is one of the literary gems of the fourteenth century. The ‘Decameron’ Third Day in Perspective is an interpretive guide to the stories of the text’s Third Day. For each novella, a distinguished Boccaccio scholar offers an essay that both reviews the current scholarly literature and advances new and intriguing interpretations of the work. The whole collection reflects the series’s guiding principle of examining the text “in perspective,” revealing the connections among the novellas, the Days, and the framing narrative that holds the whole Decameron together. The second of the University of Toronto Press’s interpretive guides to Boccaccio’s Decameron, this collection forms part of an ambitious project to examine the entire Decameron, Day by Day.

The Decameron First Day in Perspective

Volume One of the Lecturae Boccaccii

Author: Elissa Weaver

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802085894

Category: History

Page: 270

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These essays provide critical readings of the Proem, Introduction and ten stories which make up the first of the ten "days" of storytelling in Boccaccio's "Decameron". It aims to be a important guide to reading the complex series of narratives that constitute the work's opening.

The Decameron: 3 Different Translations by John Florio, John Payne and J.M. Rigg in 1 eBook

Author: Giovanni Boccaccio

Publisher: e-artnow

ISBN: 8074844269

Category: Philosophy

Page: 1500

View: 1261

This carefully crafted ebook: "The Decameron: 3 Different Translations by John Florio, John Payne and J.M. Rigg in 1 eBook" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. The Decameron (c.1351) is an entertaining series of one hundred stories written in the wake of the Black Death. The stories are told in a country villa outside the city of Florence by ten young noble men and women who are seeking to escape the ravages of the plague. Boccaccio's skill as a dramatist is masterfully displayed in these vivid portraits of people from all stations in life, with plots that revel in a bewildering variety of human reactions. Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) was an Italian writer and humanist, one of the founders of the Renaissance. He studied business but abandoned it eventually to pursue his literary interests. In 1350 Boccaccio met Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch) (1304-1374), one the most important figures in the beginnings of the Renaissance and Humanism.

The Black Falcon

A Tale from the Decameron

Author: Giovanni Boccaccio

Publisher: Philomel

ISBN: 9780399216763

Category: Falcons

Page: 32

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When the wealthy and now-widowed woman whom the impoverished Federigo has always loved invites herself to his home for dinner to make a life-or-death request of him, she learns, ironically, he has already sacrificed all he had in his love for her.

Selections from the Decameron

Author: Giovanni Boccaccio

Publisher: Wordsworth Edition

ISBN: 9781853266188

Category: Fiction

Page: 302

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A group of young men and women decide to escape to the country from the Black Death which is ravaging their native Florence. To while away their voluntary exile, they resort to story-telling. Many of the tales were straightforward narratives, but some of the stories were saucy and suggestive.

The Decameron and the Canterbury Tales

New Essays on an Old Question

Author: Leonard Michael Koff,Brenda Deen Schildgen

Publisher: Associated University Presse

ISBN: 9780838638002

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

View: 4520

"What was the influence of the Decameron on the genesis and shape of the Canterbury Tales? In this collection, leading scholars of Chaucer and Boccaccio offer original, provocative answers to this question in light of recurring critical resistance to the idea of the Decameron as a text for Chaucer. That resistance, informed by a model of literary influence grounded on the idea of interruption, would keep the Canterbury Tales away from the Decameron, though not the rest of Chaucer from other works by Boccaccio. In the end, of course, that resistance tells us more about Chaucer's reception since the fifteenth century than about Chaucer himself or his sources."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The Ethical Dimension of the Decameron

Author: Marilyn Migiel

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781442631885

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

View: 2899

With The Ethical Dimension of the "Decameron" Marilyn Migiel, author of A Rhetoric of the "Decameron" (winner of the MLA's 2004 Marraro Prize), returns to Giovanni Boccaccio's masterpiece, this time to focus on the dialogue about ethical choices that the Decameron creates with us and that we, as individuals and as groups, create with the Decameron. Maintaining that we can examine this dialogue to gain insights into our values, our biases and our decision-making processes, Migiel offers a view of the Decameron as sticky and thorny. According to Migiel, the Decameron catches us as we move through it, obligating us to reveal ourselves, inviting us to reflect on how we form our assessments, and calling upon us to be mindful of our responsibility to judge patiently and carefully. Migiel's focus remains unabashedly on the experience of readers, on the meanings they find in the Decameron, and on the ideological assumptions they have about the way that a literary text such as the Decameron works. She offers that, rather than thinking about the Decameron as "teaching" readers, we should think about it "testing" them. Throughout, Migiel engages in the masterful in-depth rhetorical analyses, delivered in lively and readable prose, that are her trademark. Whether she is examining the Italian of the Decameron, translations of the Italian into English, commentaries by scholars, newspaper articles, or student essays, she asks us always to maintain an ethical engagement with the words of others.