Boccaccio: Decameron

Boccaccio: Decameron

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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 more

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  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 table
  • 1139166360
  • 9781139166362

Table of contents

Acknowledgments; Chronology; Part I. The Making of the Decameron: 1. The Decameron as a landmark of world literature; 2. Boccaccio, Naples and Florence before the Decameron; Part II. The Decameron: 3. Title and preface; 4. First Day (Introduction); (i) the plague; (ii) the mise-en-scene; 5. First Day: the saint's life and the powers of language; 6. Second Day: fortune, female character and the impulse to trade; 7. Third Day: sex, voice and morals; 8. Fourth Day (introduction): Boccaccio's apology for Florentine prose; 9. Fourth Day: love and feudal aristocracy; 10. Fifth Day: romance, class difference, social negotiation; 11. Sixth Day: Florentine society and associational form; 12. Seventh Day: controlling domestic space; 13. Eighth Day: the scholar and the widow; 14. Ninth Day: the mystery of Calandrino; 15. Tenth Day: magnificance and myths of power; 16. The return to Florence and the author's conclusion; Part III. After the Decameron: Guide to further more