Boccaccio and the Invention of Italian Literature: Dante, Petrarch, Cavalcanti, and the Authority of the Vernacular

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Examines Boccaccio's pivotal role in legitimizing the vernacular literature of Dante, Petrarch and Cavalcanti through argument, narrative and transcription. Introduction: Boccaccio between Dante and Petrarch: cultivating vernacular literary community in the Chigi codex 1. Dante's dirty feet and the limping republic: Boccaccio's defense of literature in the Vita di Dante 2. Dante's shame and Boccaccio's paratextual praise: editing the Vita nuova, Commedia, and canzoni distese 3. The making of Petrarch's vernacular Book of Fragments (Fragmentorum liber) 4. The inventive scribe: glossing Cavalcanti in the Chigi and Decameron 6.9 Epilogue: the allegory of the vernacular: Boccaccio's Esposizioni and Petrarch's Griselda.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Eisner, M

Published Date

  • 2013

Published By

Place of Publication

  • Cambridge


  • 260

International Standard Book Number 10 (ISBN-10)

  • 110704166X

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781107041660