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Building a monument to Dante : Boccaccio as Dantista / Jason M. Houston.

Author/Creator:
Houston, Jason M., 1973- author.
University of Toronto Press Staff Corporate Author
Publication:
Toronto, [Canada] ; Buffalo, [New York] ; London, [England] : University of Toronto Press, 2010.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (239 p.)
Series:
Toronto Italian Studies
Toronto Italian Studies
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Subjects:
Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321 -- Influence.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
The shadow of Dante Alighieri looms large in the works of Giovanni Boccaccio, and yet the full extent of Boccaccio's relationship to Dante remains largely unexplored. Building a Monument to Dante employs literary analysis coupled with philological and historical evidence to argue that Boccaccio's multifaceted work as Dante's editor, biographer, apologist, and commentator created a literary figure that could support Boccaccio's poetic and political ideologies.Jason Houston finds in Boccaccio's biographical writings a strong condemnation of Florentine politics and a harsh critique of Petrarch's political isolation, distinguishing Boccaccio's political and intellectual positions from those of both Dante and Petrarch. Reading the Trattatello in Laude di Dante and other writings as works intended to promote Dante as a brilliant political exemplum to the city of Florence, Houston discovers the processes by which Boccaccio constructed an image of Dante that continues to influence the way that readers understand the poet's life and works.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: A Monument to Dante Allighieri [sic]
1. Editor: Shaping the Material
2. Biographer: Crafting the Figure
3. Apologist: Defending the Monument
4. Commentator: Presenting the Monument
Conclusion: Boccaccio the Architect
Notes
Works Cited
Index
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on print version record.
ISBN:
1-4426-8572-7
OCLC:
923773905
Publisher Number:
10.3138/9781442685727 doi