In This Article Giovanni Boccaccio

Medieval Studies Giovanni Boccaccio
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Chris Kleinhenz
  • LAST MODIFIED: 15 December 2010
  • DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780195396584-0007

Introduction

Giovanni Boccaccio (b. 1313–d. 1375) is generally considered the father of Italian prose because of his masterpiece, the Decameron, which had a major shaping effect on the development of the frame-tale narrative both in Italy and in the rest of Europe in subsequent centuries. Together with Dante and Petrarch, he is one of the “Three Crowns” of Florence, for these authors essentially began the Italian literary tradition and set the standards of style in poetry and prose for centuries to come. Among Boccaccio’s other prose works in Italian are L’elegia di madonna Fiammetta, often called the first psychological novel, and Il filocolo, a prose romance. He also made major contributions in the areas of narrative poetry (for example, Filostrato, Teseida, and Amorosa visione), Latin treatises (for example, De casibus virorum illustrium, De claris mulieribus, and Genealogia deorum gentiliumlibri), and poetry (Egloghe). Among his other works are numerous lyric poems (Rime); a prosimetrum (L’ameto); a pastoral in terza rima (La caccia di Diana); an enigmatic, apparently misogynist work in prose (Il corbaccio); a biography of Dante (Trattatello in laude di Dante); and a major commentary on the Inferno (Esposizioni sopra la Comedia), which resulted from his public lectures on Dante in Florence. The one hundred tales in the Decameron were a major source of themes and plots for subsequent authors of short stories, novels, and plays. Because of their elegant classicizing style and lexical richness, Boccaccio’s tales also served as models of excellence in Italian prose for centuries.

General Overviews

There is no shortage of books and articles about Giovanni Boccaccio—his life and works—and the age in which he lived. Some of the volumes listed here (for example, Bergin 1981) follow the standard practice of presenting the life of the author and his times followed by synopses of his works, one by one, with some critical commentary. Other studies depart from this formula, preferring a more synthetic presentation of the material (for example, Serafini-Sauli 1982, Battaglia Ricci 2000, Surdich 2001). Grabher 1945 provides an engaging introduction to Boccaccio within the larger medieval context. Muscetta 1989 presents a concise overview of Boccaccio’s life and then selections from his works to demonstrate their particular significance. Bruni 1990 offers an overview of all of Boccaccio’s works with regard to the different major themes that emerge in his early and late literary works. Smarr 1986 presents Boccaccio’s works with regard to the changing roles of one of his principal protagonists, Fiammetta.

  • Battaglia Ricci, Lucia. Boccaccio. Rome: Salerno Editrice, 2000.

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    A general account of Boccaccio’s life and works, with a bibliography and indices. About half the book is devoted to the Decameron.

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    • Bergin, Thomas G. Boccaccio. New York: Viking, 1981.

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      A thorough presentation of Boccaccio’s life and works with notes, a bibliography, and index.

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      • Bruni, Francesco. Boccaccio: L’invenzione della letteratura mezzana. Bologna, Italy: Il Mulino, 1990.

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        An attentive examination of the entire literary production of Boccaccio, divided into two distinct phases: the younger works concerned with love and entertainment and directed toward a more popular audience and the later ones composed on the basis of higher philosophical themes for a more elite public.

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        • Grabher, Carlo. Boccaccio. Turin, Italy: Unione Tipografico-Editrice Torinese, 1945.

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          A readable biography of the writer followed by presentations of each of his works.

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          • Muscetta, Carlo. Giovanni Boccaccio. 3d ed. Bari, Italy: Laterza, 1989.

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            Provides a detailed overview of Boccaccio’s life and works, with representative selections from his poetic and prose works in Italian and Latin and a bibliography.

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            • Serafini-Sauli, Judith Powers. Giovanni Boccaccio. Boston: Twayne, 1982.

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              An adequate overview of Boccaccio’s life and works with notes, a bibliography, and an index.

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              • Smarr, Janet Levarie. Boccaccio and Fiammetta: The Narrator as Lover. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1986.

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                An in-depth study of Boccaccio’s works with particular attention to the changing roles of the figure of Fiammetta, to the presentation of the narrator as a lover, to the function of readers and narrators in the text, and to the development of Boccaccio’s methods as a writer.

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                • Surdich, Luigi. Boccaccio. Rome: Laterza, 2001.

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                  A synthetic presentation of the life and works of Boccaccio with a bibliography and indices.

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                  Reference Works

                  Vittore Branca’s exhaustive examinations (Branca 1958, Branca 1991) of the manuscript traditions of Giovanni Boccaccio’s works are fundamental for anyone interested in their transmission. Tartaro 1981 provides an overview of criticism on Boccaccio and his works over the centuries.

                  • Branca, Vittore. Tradizione delle opere di Giovanni Boccaccio. Vol. 1, Un primo elenco dei codici e tre studi. Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 1958.

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                    A first list of manuscripts and three studies, contains a valuable list of manuscripts for all of Boccaccio’s works as well as essays concerned with attributions and manuscripts and helpful indices.

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                    • Branca, Vittore. Tradizione delle opere di Giovanni Boccaccio. Vol. 2, Un secondo elenco di manoscritti e studi sul testo del “Decameron” con due appendici. Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 1991.

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                      A second list of manuscripts and studies on the text of the Decameron, contains corrections to Volume 1, citations and descriptions of more manuscripts, and a thorough discussion of all aspects of the textual tradition of the Decameron as well as two appendices treating philological/codicological matters.

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                      • Tartaro, Achille. Boccaccio. Palermo, Italy: Palumbo, 1981.

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                        A history of criticism on Boccaccio and his works from the 14th to the early 20th century with an anthology of selections from critical writings, notes, and a bibliography.

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                        Bibliographies

                        Two early bibliographies (Bacchi Della Lega 1875, Traversari 1907) provide fine coverage of editions, translations, and critical writings about Giovanni Boccaccio, and these are supplemented by Branca 1939, whose end date—1938—serves as the starting point for the listings of Esposito and Kleinhenz 1976 and Consoli 1992. Stych 1995 offers access to English-language editions and criticism on Boccaccio. An online bibliography is maintained at the Casa di Boccaccio in Certaldo. Brown University’s Decameron Web also features an online bibliography as well as a wealth of materials for the study of Boccaccio’s works. The newsletter of the American Boccaccio Association regularly carries a bibliography of North American contributions to the study of Boccaccio, and some of the more recent issues are available online.

                        • American Boccaccio Association.

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                          The website of the association is sponsored by Brown University and features an annual bibliography of Boccaccio-related materials published by North American scholars in its newsletter.

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                          • Bacchi Della Lega, Alberto. Bibliografia boccaccesca: Serie delle edizioni delle opere di Giovanni Boccacci latine, volgari, tradotte e trasformate. Bologna, Italy: Romagnoli, 1875.

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                            Valuable early bibliography of editions, translations, versions, and adaptations of Boccaccio’s works.

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                            • Branca, Vittore. Linee di una storia della critica al Decameron con bibliografia boccaccesca completamente aggiornata. Milan: Società Anonima Dante Alighieri, 1939.

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                              Provides an update to the bibliographies of Bacchi Della Lega 1875 and Traversari 1907.

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                              • Brown University. Decameron Web.

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                                Brown University supports this site dedicated to the Decameron. In addition to sections devoted to Boccaccio’s biography and bibliography, the site features a variety of texts, information on the members of the brigata (brigade), the plague, the arts, history, religion, maps, themes and motifs, and medieval society, among others.

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                                • Casa di Boccaccio.

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                                  An online bibliography sponsored by the Ente Nazionale Giovanni Boccaccio.

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                                  • Consoli, Joseph P. Giovanni Boccaccio: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland, 1992.

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                                    Contains 1,348 annotated items dating from 1939 to 1986 and divided among eleven categories (for example, biography, minor works, Decameron, Boccaccio and Geoffrey Chaucer) with indices of critics and subjects.

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                                    • Esposito, Enzo, with Christopher Kleinhenz. Boccacciana: Bibliografia delle edizioni e degli scritti critici (1939–1974). Ravenna, Italy: Longo, 1976.

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                                      Complements the bibliography in Branca 1939 and provides a year-by-year listing of 1,614 items published from 1939 through 1974 and divided into three categories: editions, translations, and critical writings. Contains six indices that provide easy access to editors, translators, illustrators, authors, reviewers, and subjects.

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                                      • Stych, F. S. Boccaccio in English: A Bibliography of Editions, Adaptations, and Criticism. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1995.

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                                        Contains 2,242 annotated entries divided among three major categories—editions of the works of Boccaccio, adaptations and parallels, and criticism and references—and ordered chronologically from the 16th century to 1993. Seven indices provide easy access to the items. (Michael Buckland has produced an online supplement.)

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                                        • Traversari, Guido. Bibliografia boccaccesca: Scritti intorno al Boccaccio e alla fortune delle sue opere. Città di Castello, Italy: Lapi, 1907.

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                                          Valuable early bibliography of critical writings about Boccaccio and his works ordered chronologically with an appendix and indices.

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                                          Journals

                                          Two journals are devoted to Giovanni Boccaccio: one in Italy, Studi sul Boccaccio, and one in the United States, Heliotropia, which is completely online.

                                          • Heliotropia: Forum for Boccaccio Research and Interpretation. 2003–.

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                                            This completely online journal is sponsored by the American Boccaccio Association. It contains essays, a bibliography, and book reviews. In addition to all issues of the journal, the website includes past articles of interest (reprints of still important early essays), doctoral theses on Boccaccio, books received, and a list of all contributors as well as information about submissions and news of the association.

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                                            • Studi sul Boccaccio. 1963–.

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                                              Published under the auspices of the Ente Nazionale Giovanni Boccaccio and founded by Vittore Branca, this annual journal contains texts, documents, essays, reviews, and a bibliography on all aspects of Boccaccio and his works as well as a section devoted to news items of interest for Boccaccio scholars. The journal also sponsors a book series, Quaderni degli Studi sul Boccaccio, of which one volume had appeared by 2010.

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                                              Collections of Essays

                                              Since the 1960s a number of useful collections of essays on Giovanni Boccaccio have appeared, and these include volumes of new and previously published essays treating both general and specific aspects of Dante’s works and the gathering of a single scholar’s diverse contributions into one volume.

                                              New and Previously Published Essays

                                              James H. McGregor edited a volume on Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron for the Approaches to Teaching World Literature series of the Modern Language Association (McGregor 2000). Boccaccio’s interest in geography is examined in Morosini, et al. 2009, and Stillinger and Psaki 2006 explores the very fertile area of feminist criticism and Boccaccio. Dombroski 1977 contains essays representing a wide chronological and intellectual range.

                                              • Dombroski, Robert S., ed. Critical Perspectives on the Decameron. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1977.

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                                                Contains ten previously published essays ranging from the 19th century (for example, U. Foscolo and F. De Sanctis) to the late 20th century (for example, V. Branca, E. Auerbach, G. Mazzotta) with a short select bibliography.

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                                                • McGregor, James H., ed. Approaches to Teaching Boccaccio’s Decameron. Approaches to Teaching World Literature 69. New York: Modern Language Association, 2000.

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                                                  The intent of this volume is to provide instructional models for teaching the Decameron, and its eighteen essays are divided among four sections: “Teaching the Decameron and Its Traditions,” “Gender and Sexuality,” “Influence of the Decameron,” and “Boccaccio and the Visual Arts.”

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                                                  • Morosini, Roberta, with Andrea Cantile and Massimo Gennari, eds. Boccaccio geografo: Carnet di viaggi e viaggiatori. Ente Nazionale G. Boccaccio e Istituto Geografico militare. Florence, Italy: Polistampa, 2009.

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                                                    Contains eight essays dedicated to various topics of geographic interest in the works of Boccaccio.

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                                                    • Stillinger, Thomas C., and F. Regina Psaki, eds. Boccaccio and Feminist Criticism. Chapel Hill, NC: Annali d’Italianistica, 2006.

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                                                      Contains fourteen essays on the general and diverse “aspects of Boccaccio’s engagement with women” (p. 2) with an introduction, bibliography, and index.

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                                                      Essays by a Single Author

                                                      The eight volumes listed here are all written by Giovanni Boccaccio specialists. Studies on the Decameron are in Fido 1988, Picone 2008, and Russo 1967, whereas Hollander 1997 is concerned primarily with Boccaccio’s relationship to Dante. Kirkham 1993 addresses the Decameron and the minor works; Padoan 1978 deals with more general topics. Ricci 1985 focuses on the minor works in Latin and Italian, while Porcelli 1987 devotes attention to the minor works in the vernacular.

                                                      • Fido, Franco. Il regime delle simmetrie imperfette: Studi sul Decameron. Milan: Franco Angeli, 1988.

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                                                        Contains eight essays (seven previously published) on the Decameron.

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                                                        • Hollander, Robert. Boccaccio’s Dante and the Shaping Force of Satire. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1997.

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                                                          Contains six previously published essays and an appendix, all of which are concerned with the relationship between Boccaccio and his great vernacular predecessor, Dante, and with the shaping influence of the latter on the former.

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                                                          • Kirkham, Victoria. The Sign of Reason in Boccaccio’s Fiction. Florence, Italy: Olschki, 1993.

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                                                            Presents nine previously published essays with revisions on various aspects of Boccaccio’s works, primarily the Decameron but also the Teseida and the Amorosa visione.

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                                                            • Padoan, Giorgio. Il Boccaccio, le muse, il Parnaso e l’Arno. Florence, Italy: Olschki, 1978.

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                                                              Contains eight previously published essays on Boccaccio and his works.

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                                                              • Picone, Michelangelo. Boccaccio e la codificazione della novella: Letture del Decameron. Edited by Nicole Coderey, Claudia Genswein, and Rosa Pittorino. Ravenna, Italy: Longo, 2008.

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                                                                Contains twenty-two essays on the Decameron, written by Picone since the 1980s, with a bibliography and indices.

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                                                                • Porcelli, Bruno. Dante maggiore e Boccaccio minore: Strutture e modelli. Pisa, Italy: Giardini, 1987.

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                                                                  Of the eight essays presented in this volume, the four on the minor works of Boccaccio (Teseida, Comedia delle ninfe fiorentine, Fiammetta, and Ninfale fiesolano) have previously appeared in print and are slightly revised here.

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                                                                  • Ricci, Pier Giorgio. Studi sulla vita e le opere del Boccaccio. Milan: Ricciardi, 1985.

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                                                                    Collection of twenty-seven essays and notes (twenty previously published and updated here and seven appearing for the first time) on various aspects of Boccaccio’s minor works in Italian and Latin.

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                                                                    • Russo, Luigi. Letture critiche del Decameron. Bari, Italy: Laterza, 1967.

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                                                                      Originally published in 1956, contains twenty-seven insightful essays on individual tales in the Decameron with indices.

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                                                                      Conference Proceedings

                                                                      Brownlee and Kirkham 1991–1992 contains conference papers concerned with the various ways Giovanni Boccaccio and his works were received during the Renaissance. Other conference proceedings are devoted to the reception of Boccaccio and his works in other countries: Ballerini 1976, Galigani 1974, Mazzoni Peruzzi 2006, and Pellegrini 1971. Cottino-Jones and Tuttle 1977 includes papers presented at a major symposium to commemorate the six hundredth anniversary of Boccaccio’s death. Picone 2002 considers multifaceted questions of reception as well as the influence of Dante on Boccaccio, the same topic examined in Italian Dante Society 1979.

                                                                      • Ballerini, Carlo, ed. Atti del Convegno di Nimega sul Boccaccio (28–29–30 ottobre 1975). Bologna, Italy: Pàtron, 1976.

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                                                                        Contains nine essays devoted to the Decameron, of which three treat Boccaccio and 14th-century Dutch literature and Dutch translations of the Decameron and minor works.

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                                                                        • Brownlee, Kevin, and Victoria Kirkham, eds. “Boccaccio 1990: The Poet and His Renaissance Reception.” Studi sul Boccaccio 20 (1991–1992): 167–397.

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                                                                          Presents the proceedings of a conference held at the University of Pennsylvania, 19–21 October 1990; includes thirteen essays treating the reception of Boccaccio’s works in the Renaissance and beyond.

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                                                                          • Cottino-Jones, Marga, and Edward F. Tuttle, eds. Boccaccio: Secoli di vita; Atti del Congresso Internazionale Boccaccio 1975, Università di California, Los Angeles, 17–19 ottobre 1975. Ravenna, Italy: Longo, 1977.

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                                                                            Commemorating the six hundredth anniversary of Boccaccio’s death in 1375, these proceedings contain an introduction and fourteen essays by a group of international scholars, divided into four general sections: “History and Tradition,” “Boccaccio between Tradition and Innovation,” “The Decameron: Criticism, Text, and Narrative Materials,” and “The Decameron as Tradition.”

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                                                                            • Galigani, Giuseppe, ed. Il Boccaccio nella cultura inglese e anglo-americana: Atti del convegno di studi, Certaldo, 14–19 settembre 1970. Florence, Italy: Olschki, 1974.

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                                                                              These fifteen essays trace the influence and reception of Boccaccio in England and America from the 14th to the 20th century.

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                                                                              • Italian Dante Society. Giovanni Boccaccio editore e interprete di Dante. Florence, Italy: Olschki, 1979.

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                                                                                As the proceedings of a small symposium held to commemorate the six hundredth anniversary of Boccaccio’s death 1975, these five essays discuss Dante’s influence on Boccaccio and the latter’s editorial work on the former.

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                                                                                • Mazzoni Peruzzi, Simonetta, ed. Boccaccio e le letterature romanze tra Medioevo e Rinascimento: Atti del Convegno Internazionale Boccaccio e la Francia, Firenze-Certaldo, 19–20 maggio 2003, 19–20 maggio 2004. Florence, Italy: Alinea, 2006.

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                                                                                  Contains eleven essays, of which all but one treat Boccaccio’s relationship to and influence on French literature, the other dealing with Boccaccio in Portugal.

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                                                                                  • Pellegrini, Carlo, ed. Il Boccaccio nella cultura francese: Atti del Convegno di studi, Certaldo, 2–6 settembre 1968. Florence, Italy: Olschki, 1971.

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                                                                                    These thirteen essays treat the influence and reception of Boccaccio in France from the 14th to the 20th century.

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                                                                                    • Picone, Michelangelo, ed. Autori e lettori di Boccaccio: Atti del convegno internazionale di Certaldo (20–22 settembre 2001). Florence, Italy: Franco Cesati, 2002.

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                                                                                      These twenty-three essays are divided among the following general topics: European Boccaccio, Boccaccio and literary genres, Boccaccio between Dante and Petrarch, and Boccaccio and the arts.

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                                                                                      Biographies

                                                                                      Perhaps because of Giovanni Boccaccio’s genius for good storytelling, early attempts to narrate his “biography” were constructed on so-called autobiographical elements in his literary works. One case in point is the spurious tale that his mother was a king’s daughter with whom his father had a liaison during one of his business trips to Paris. We know, however, that Boccaccio was born in 1313 in the small Tuscan town of Certaldo, not too far from Florence. His life is generally divided into several “periods,” the first being that spent in Naples, where his father was employed by the Bardi Bank (1327–1341), and the second is that passed in Florence after the family’s return (1341–1348). The third period could properly be called that of the Black Death and its aftermath (1348–1351), during which Boccaccio wrote the Decameron. Following that, his correspondence and meeting with Petrarch inaugurated the period of his life in which he devoted most of his energies to humanistic learning and to the writing of treatises in Latin. In his final years Boccaccio returned to Dante, writing his life of the Florentine poet and giving public lectures in Florence on The Divine Comedy. He died in his native Certaldo on 21 December 1375. The best biography of Boccaccio is Branca 1967 (English translation Branca 1976), but Tateo 1998 is also a reliable contribution.

                                                                                      • Branca, Vittore. “Giovanni Boccaccio: Profilo biografico.” In Tutte le opere di Giovanni Boccaccio, Vol. 1. Edited by Vittore Branca, 1–203. Milan: Mondadori, 1967.

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                                                                                        Provides a detailed account of Boccaccio’s life with extensive and detailed notes. A new, revised, updated, and enlarged edition of this work has appeared: Giovanni Boccaccio: Profilo biografico (Florence, Italy: Sansoni, 1997).

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                                                                                        • Branca, Vittore. Boccaccio: The Man and His Works. Translated by Richard Monges and Dennis McAuliffe. Edited by Dennis J. McAuliffe. New York: New York University Press, 1976.

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                                                                                          This English translation of a number of Branca’s complementary works on Boccaccio’s life includes the extensive biography—the “Profilo biografico” (Branca 1967) contained in Volume 1 of Tutte le opere di Giovanni Boccaccio—and four important chapters from Branca’s Boccaccio medievale.

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                                                                                          • Tateo, Francesco. Boccaccio. Bari, Italy: Laterza, 1998.

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                                                                                            General introduction to the life and works of Boccaccio (virtually half on the Decameron) with an extensive bibliography and index.

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                                                                                            Il Decameron (The Decameron)

                                                                                            The frame story of the Decameron describes the state of Florence during the plague year of 1348 and the decision made by a group of ten young people, seven women and three men, to take refuge, with their servants, in a series of villas in the hills overlooking the city and while there amuse themselves by telling stories on a variety of themes. For his vivid description of the plague, Giovanni Boccaccio draws heavily on Paul the Deacon, who similarly described the pestilential effects in his History of the Lombards. In the Proemio (Prologue) the author declares that his intention in writing the work is to relieve the boredom of women who remain inside their homes. The ten young people organize themselves such that a queen or king would be appointed to preside over each of the ten days (deca, ten; imeron, days) and to choose the subject matter the stories will be based on. One of these characters, Dioneo, asks for and receives special permission to present the final story of each day and not to be bound to the chosen theme. Each of the ten days begins with some discussion of the group’s activities and concludes with the singing of a ballad (ballata) and some commentary on the events of the day. Boccaccio also intervenes in the book, providing an introduction to the fourth day in which he responds to certain criticisms he has received. In the “Conclusion of the author,” Boccaccio pleads his case for the artistic freedom to say in words what painters depict in their works without regard to what might be called moral constraints. Given that the Decameron has been criticized over the centuries for what has been perceived as its licentiousness, general immorality, and anticlerical attitudes, these views caused editors and translators to censor certain tales, often omitting key words and phrases or indeed sometimes replacing the story with another, more inoffensive one.

                                                                                            Manuscripts

                                                                                            In the past there were few more hotly debated topics than the discussion of the “best” manuscript on which to base an edition of the Decameron. For centuries the Mannelli codex (Laurentian XLII.1), so named after Francesco di Amaretto Mannelli who transcribed it in 1384, was viewed as the most authoritative, but in the last two decades of the 19th century the discovery of the Berlin codex (Staatsbibliothek, Hamilton 90) in Tobler 1887 and further validation in Hecker 1892 and Hecker 1895 brought this earlier evaluation into question. From 1927, the date of Aldo Francesco Massèra’s edition, the Berlin codex has been regularly used as the base manuscript for editions but not without reservations. Barbi 1927, in its review of Massèra’s edition, contributes to the debate, which is continued in Chiari 1948. The question concerning the identity of Hamilton 90 as the autograph was finally resolved in Branca and Ricci 1962. Further important work on Boccaccio’s manuscripts of the Decameron (Paris, B.N. MS Ital. 482; and Berlin, Hamilton 90) is in Vitale and Branca 2002.

                                                                                            • Barbi, Michele. “Sul testo del Decameron.” Studi di Filologia Italiana 1 (1927): 9–68.

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                                                                                              Barbi outlines the many problems inherent in undertaking an edition of the Decameron and criticizes Aldo Francesco Massèra’s 1927 edition.

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                                                                                              • Branca, Vittore, and Pier Giorgio Ricci. Un autografo del Decameron (Codice Hamiltoniano 90). Padua, Italy: Casa Editrice Dott. A. Milani (CEDAM), 1962.

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                                                                                                A detailed examination of the Berlin codex and minute analysis (with fourteen plates) of Boccaccio’s handwriting, which date the manuscript to c. 1370.

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                                                                                                • Chiari, Alberto. “Un autografo del Decameron?” Fiera Letteraria 3 (11 July 1948): 27.

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                                                                                                  Recounts the story of Michele Barbi’s recognition of the validity of the view that the Berlin manuscript of the Decameron, Hamilton 90, is indeed the autograph.

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                                                                                                  • Hecker, Oskar. Die Berliner Decameron-Handschrift und ihr Verhältnis zum Codice Mannelli. Berlin: Vogt, 1892.

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                                                                                                    Following the lead of Tobler 1887, Hecker examines the textual links between the Mannelli codex and the Berlin manuscript of the Decameron, Hamilton 90.

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                                                                                                    • Hecker, Oscar. “Della parentela esistente fra il manoscritto berlinese del Decameron ed il codice Mannelli.” Giornale Storico della Letteratura Italiana 26 (1895): 162–175.

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                                                                                                      Provides further textual evidence of the dependency of the Mannelli codex on the Berlin manuscript, Hamilton 90.

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                                                                                                      • Tobler, Adolf. “Die Berliner Handschrift des Decameron.” Sitzungsberichte der Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaftten zu Berlin 25 (1887): 375–405.

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                                                                                                        A detailed examination and description of the manuscript.

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                                                                                                        • Vitale, Maurizio, and Vittore Branca. Il capolavoro del Boccaccio e due diverse redazioni. 2 vols. Venice: Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, 2002.

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                                                                                                          Volume 1, La riscrittura del Decameron: I mutamenti linguistici, by Vitale; Volume 2, Variazioni narrative e stilistiche, by Branca. An examination of Boccaccio’s language, style, and narrative variations in the two manuscripts of the Decameron to which Boccaccio lent his hand—Paris, B.N. MS Ital. 482 (dating from 1349 to 1351), and Berlin, Hamilton 90 (dating from 1370 to 1372)—to determine the changes from the early to the later version of the work.

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                                                                                                          Facsimile and Diplomatic Editions

                                                                                                          As its name suggests, a facsimile edition is a photographic reproduction of the manuscript, which leaves the interpretation to the observer. A “diplomatic” edition is one that reproduces typographically the manuscript as faithfully as possible, noting expanded abbreviations, indicating line endings, and omitting diacritical marks. In the case of Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron, there are two such editions of the autograph manuscript, Berlin, Hamilton 90: one in facsimile in Branca 1975 and the other in diplomatic guise in Singleton 1974. Together they give greater insight into the text of the Decameron.

                                                                                                          • Branca, Vittore, ed. Decameron: Facsimile dell’autografo conservato nel Codice Hamilton 90 della Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz di Berlino. Florence, Italy: Fratelli Alinari, 1975.

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                                                                                                            In addition to the facsimile edition of Boccaccio’s autograph of the Decameron, Branca provides a substantial and informative introduction to the volume in which he gives a complete description of the codex and its history as well as sections on the additions, notes, and corrections both in the margins and interlinearly, on Boccaccio’s corrections, and on his abilities and deficiencies as a copyist of his own work.

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                                                                                                            • Singleton, Charles S., ed. Decameron. Edizione diplomatico-interpretativa dell’autografo Hamilton 90. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1974.

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                                                                                                              Provides a diplomatic text for the Decameron by reproducing in type the autograph manuscript, with an introduction and appropriate notes on the edition and manuscript by three Italian experts: Franca Petrucci Nardelli (“Criteri e norme dell’edizione”), Armando Petrucci (“Note codicologiche e paleografiche”), and Giancarlo Savino (“Nota sull’edizione”).

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                                                                                                              Concordances

                                                                                                              In addition to Barbina 1969, an online concordance based on Branca’s revised text is available at Decameron Web maintained by Brown University.

                                                                                                              • Barbina, Alfredo, ed. Concordanze del Decameron. 2 vols. Florence, Italy: Giunti and Barbera, 1969.

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                                                                                                                Based on Branca’s 1960 edition of the work, the concordance presents each word (with the exception of essere [to be] and avere [to have], conjunctions, articles, prepositions and their articulated forms, negatives, and pronouns—subject, object, demonstrative, relative, and possessive) within its one-line context and with pertinent day, tale, and paragraph numbers.

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                                                                                                                • Brown University. Decameron Web.

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                                                                                                                  Provides easy and rapid access to the more than seventeen thousand unique words in the Decameron with a helpful guide for users.

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                                                                                                                  Editions

                                                                                                                  Before the identification of the Berlin codex—Hamilton 90 (Staatsbibliothek)—as Giovanni Boccaccio’s autograph copy, the Mannelli codex was considered the best manuscript and was used as the base text. However, in the late 19th century the Hamilton 90 codex in Berlin was discovered and used as the basis for Massèra 1927 and Singleton 1955, neither of whose editors was aware at the time that it was the autograph. Branca 1976a is the definitive edition. For the Ricciardi series La Letteratura Italiana: Storia e Testi, Bianchi 1952 republished the earlier Branca 1951–1952. Various versions are also available online.

                                                                                                                  • Bianchi, Enrico, ed. Il decameron. In Decameron, Filocolo, Ameto, Fiammetta. Edited by Enrico Bianchi, Carlo Salinari, and Natalino Sapegno. Milan: Ricciardi, 1952.

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                                                                                                                    Follows Branca 1951–1952 with interpretive notes.

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                                                                                                                    • Boccaccio, Giovanni. Decameron.

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                                                                                                                      Provides immediate links to a concordance. In addition, an electronic version based on Branca 1976a is available online, which gives direct access to the individual parts of the Decameron on the homepage.

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                                                                                                                      • Branca, Vittore, ed. Decameron. 2 vols. Florence, Italy: Monnier, 1951–1952.

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                                                                                                                        Presents a text based on a collation of thirteen codices and early printed editions, with interpretive notes and indices.

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                                                                                                                        • Branca, Vittore, ed. Decameron. In Tutte le opere di Giovanni Boccaccio, Vol. 4. Edited by Vittore Branca. Milan: Mondadori, 1976a.

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                                                                                                                          This magisterial edition is the standard text of the work and has an extensive introduction and detailed notes. Reproduces the text found in the critical edition published by the Accademia della Crusca (Branca 1976b).

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                                                                                                                          • Branca, Vittore, ed. Decameron: Edizione critica secondo l’autografo Hamiltoniano. Florence, Italy: Accademia della Crusca, 1976b.

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                                                                                                                            Given the authentication of the autograph manuscript of the Decameron, this edition replaced Branca 1951–1952 based on a collation of thirteen manuscripts.

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                                                                                                                            • Massèra, Aldo Francesco, ed. Il decameron. 2 vols. Bari, Italy: Laterza, 1927.

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                                                                                                                              Based substantially on the Hamilton 90 codex, this edition, published as part of the Scrittori d’Italia series of Laterza, was the standard text of the work with endnotes and indices until Singleton 1955.

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                                                                                                                              • Singleton, Charles S., ed. Il decameron. 2 vols. Bari, Italy: Laterza, 1955.

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                                                                                                                                In replacing Massèra 1927, Singleton made a thorough examination of some fifty manuscripts and five early editions and chose to base his edition on the Hamilton 90 codex with emendations from other manuscripts. Contains a description and classification of the codices with textual notes and indices.

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                                                                                                                                Early Translations

                                                                                                                                The Decameron was translated on several occasions in the early modern era—for example, the French version by Laurent de Premierfait (Di Stefano 1998) and the early 17th-century English rendition by John Florio (Boccaccio 1967).

                                                                                                                                • Boccaccio, Giovanni. The Decameron Preserved to Posterity by Giovanni Boccaccio and Translated into English Anno 1620. 4 vols. Edited with an introduction by Edward Hutton. New York: AMS, 1967.

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                                                                                                                                  This early English version, originally published in 1909 (London: David Nutt), takes certain liberties with the text, replacing more scabrous tales (for example, Day 3, Tale 10) with less offensive ones. Also available online and through Brown University.

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                                                                                                                                  • Di Stefano, Giuseppe, ed. Boccace. Décaméron: Traduction (1411–1414) de Laurent de Premierfait. Montreal: CERES, 1998.

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                                                                                                                                    A critical edition of the first French translation of the Decameron.

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                                                                                                                                    Modern Translations

                                                                                                                                    In addition to the several English translations listed here (J. M. Rigg [Boccaccio 1903], Richard Aldington [Boccaccio 1930], Mark Musa and Peter Bondanella [Boccaccio 1982a], Charles S. Singleton [Boccaccio 1982b], G. H. McWilliam [Boccaccio 1995], Guido Waldman [Boccaccio 1993], Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin [Boccaccio 2004]), electronic versions of the Decameron in other modern languages are available online.

                                                                                                                                    • Boccaccio, Giovanni. The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio. Translated by J. M. Rigg. 2 vols. London: Bullen, 1903.

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                                                                                                                                      The 1921 edition of this text (London: Navarre Society) featured illustrations and photogravures from original drawings by Louis Chalon. An electronic version of the 1903/1921 edition of Rigg’s translation is available online.

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                                                                                                                                      • Boccaccio, Giovanni. The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio. Translated by Richard Aldington. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1930.

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                                                                                                                                        A readable version of the work. Includes illustrations.

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                                                                                                                                        • Boccaccio, Giovanni. The Decameron. Translated by Mark Musa and Peter Bondanella. New York: New American Library, 1982a.

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                                                                                                                                          Very readable English translation of the work with an introduction by Thomas G. Bergin.

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                                                                                                                                          • Boccaccio, Giovanni. Decameron: The John Payne Translation. Revised and annotated by Charles S. Singleton. 3 vols. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1982b.

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                                                                                                                                            Wishing to preserve as much of the flavor of John Payne’s celebrated Victorian translation (1886), Singleton has made careful revisions in the text and also provided a volume of commentary with illustrations.

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                                                                                                                                            • Boccaccio, Giovanni. The Decameron. Translated by Guido Waldman. Edited with an introduction by Jonathan Usher. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993.

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                                                                                                                                              A very readable translation that aims “to convey the pleasure and vigour of good story-telling” (p. xxxiii), with a concise introduction and notes.

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                                                                                                                                              • Boccaccio, Giovanni. The Decameron. 2d ed. Translated with an introduction by G. H. McWilliam. Middlesex, UK: Penguin, 1995.

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                                                                                                                                                A fine translation with substantial introduction, notes, and index.

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                                                                                                                                                • Boccaccio, Giovanni. Decameron. Translated by Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin. Ware, UK: Wordsworth, 2004.

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                                                                                                                                                  In this translation Ó Cuilleanáin revises John Payne’s version, both linguistically and syntactically, more thoroughly than Charles S. Singleton (Boccaccio 1982b) did and, as a result, makes it more accessible to a modern audience. Contains a substantial introduction.

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                                                                                                                                                  Critical Commentaries

                                                                                                                                                  The several categories listed here attempt to order the numerous publications on Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron into some logical arrangement. The influential study Branca 1970 set the stage for a wide range of stylistic analyses. Wallace 1991 provides a coherent reading of the entire work. Other scholars discuss the work through a variety of critical perspectives: play (Mazzotta 1986), societal (Cottino-Jones 1982), philosophical (Kuhns 2005), naturalism (Scaglione 1963), narratological (Deligiorgis 1975), and structural (Marcus 1979).

                                                                                                                                                  • Branca, Vittore. Boccaccio medievale. New and enlarged ed. Florence, Italy: Sansoni, 1970.

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                                                                                                                                                    Seminal work on the medieval dimensions of Boccaccio’s works, particularly the Decameron, with special attention given to structural and stylistic registers.

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                                                                                                                                                    • Cottino Jones, Marga. Order from Chaos: Social and Aesthetic Harmonies in Boccaccio’s Decameron. Washington, DC: University Press of America, 1982.

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                                                                                                                                                      Presents “an overall reading of the Decameron as an aesthetic model which represents a society in the process of reorganizing itself from a state of chaos into an ordered system of individual and social values” (p. ix).

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                                                                                                                                                      • Deligiorgis, Stavros. Narrative Intellection in the Decameron. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1975.

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                                                                                                                                                        A thorough reading of the Decameron in which the relational aspects of the stories are foregrounded.

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                                                                                                                                                        • Kuhns, Richard. Decameron and the Philosophy of Storytelling: Author as Midwife and Pimp. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005.

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                                                                                                                                                          Proposes a reading of the Decameron from a philosophical and cultural perspective.

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                                                                                                                                                          • Marcus, Millicent Joy. An Allegory of Form: Literary Self-Consciousness in the Decameron. Saratoga, CA: Anma Libri, 1979.

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                                                                                                                                                            In addition to an introduction and an epilogue, the volume contains six chapters, which discuss narrative form and genre manipulations as keys to meaning in the Decameron.

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                                                                                                                                                            • Mazzotta, Giuseppe. The World at Play in Boccaccio’s Decameron. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1986.

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                                                                                                                                                              Examines the dynamics of the Decameron with regard to the central notion of “play” and how this element is linked to other important facets of medieval culture: commercialism, love, law, politics, ethical behavior, medical practice, and so on.

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                                                                                                                                                              • Scaglione, Aldo D. Nature and Love in the Late Middle Ages: An Essay on the Cultural Context of the Decameron. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1963.

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                                                                                                                                                                Examines the idea of “naturalistic love” as it appears in medieval love literature and within the larger philosophical, theological, and religious contexts, with a special focus on the Decameron.

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                                                                                                                                                                • Wallace, David. Giovanni Boccaccio: Decameron. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Concise overview of the Decameron with attention to major themes, gender relations, and the politics and social issues of the time.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Collections of Essays

                                                                                                                                                                  Musa and Bondanella 1977 reprints a number of classic essays on the Decameron, whereas the other three collections in this section present new essays on Day One (Weaver 2004), on the entire work (Picone and Mesirca 2004), and on the history of major words and concepts in the Decameron (Bragantini and Forni 1995).

                                                                                                                                                                  • Bragantini, Renzo, and Pier Massimo Forni, eds. Lessico critico decameroniano. Turin, Italy: Bollati Boringhieri, 1995.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Contains sixteen essays that trace the history and resonances of specific key words and concepts in the Decameron (for example, memoria [memory], morale [moral], sacro [sacred], riso [laughter]).

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                                                                                                                                                                    • Musa, Mark, and Peter E. Bondanella, eds. The Decameron: A New Translation; 21 Novelle, Contemporary Reactions, Modern Criticism. New York: Norton, 1977.

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                                                                                                                                                                      In addition to the new translation of twenty-one tales, which represent notable examples of the themes and narrative techniques of the Decameron, the volume includes new translations of seven early responses to the work (by Petrarch, Leonardo Bruni, Francesco Villani, Giannozzo Manetti, and Ludovico Dolce) and eleven 19th- and 20th-century assessments.

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                                                                                                                                                                      • Picone, Michelangelo, and Margherita Mesirca, eds. Introduzione al Decameron: Lectura Boccaccii Turicensis. Florence, Italy: Franco Cesati, 2004.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Contains thirteen essays that are intended to shed light on the workings of the entire Decameron (one essay is devoted to each day). This volume is part of an ongoing project at the University of Zurich, Per un Decameron ipertestuale (Hypertextual Decameron), which contains, among other subjects, the work of the seminar on the Decameron with materials for Day Two, Tales 7–10, and Day Six, Tales 1, 4–5, 9–10, including commentary, images, bibliography, and so forth.

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                                                                                                                                                                        • Weaver, Elissa B., ed. The Decameron: First Day in Perspective. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004.

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                                                                                                                                                                          The first in a series of “readings” of each day of the Decameron, this volume, sponsored by the American Boccaccio Association, contains twelve essays devoted to a reading of the Proemio (Prologue), introduction, and the ten tales of Day One with a bibliography, notes, and an index.

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                                                                                                                                                                          Analyses

                                                                                                                                                                          The classic study Lee 1909 treats the numerous sources and analogues for the entire work. Getto 1986 presents insightful readings of numerous tales, and Marchesi 2004 brings a strong semiological and philological perspective to analyses of several tales.

                                                                                                                                                                          • Getto, Giovanni. Vita di forme e forme di vita nel Decameron. 4th ed. Turin, Italy: Petrini, 1986.

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                                                                                                                                                                            The life of forms and the forms of life in the Decameron. Insightful readings of several stories of the Decameron.

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                                                                                                                                                                            • Lee, A. C. The Decameron: Its Sources and Analogues. London: David Nutt, 1909.

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                                                                                                                                                                              Fundamental catalogue that presents the numerous sources and analogues for all of the tales in the Decameron.

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                                                                                                                                                                              • Marchesi, Simone. Stratigrafie decameroniane. Florence, Italy: Olschki, 2004.

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                                                                                                                                                                                Examines from intertextual, semiological, and philological perspectives specific tales in the Decameron in order to assess their multiple sources and allusions.

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                                                                                                                                                                                The Frame of the Decameron

                                                                                                                                                                                In its analysis of the frame, Marino 1979 examines narrative perspectives, whereas Potter 1982 employs anthropological, sociological, and philological analyses, among others.

                                                                                                                                                                                • Marino, Lucia. The Decameron “Cornice”: Allusion, Allegory, and Iconology. Ravenna, Italy: Longo, 1979.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  A detailed examination of the “cornice”—the frame story—of the Decameron with particular attention to questions of narrative points of view and to its allegorical and metaphorical dimensions.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  • Potter, Joy Hambuechen. Five Frames for the Decameron: Communication and Social Systems in the “Cornice.” Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1982.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Incorporating a variety of approaches from different areas (symbolic anthropology, sociology, semiotics, and philology), Potter provides an insightful discussion of the nature and meaning of the frame story (the “cornice”) and its multifaceted relationship to the stories.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Rhetoric and Style

                                                                                                                                                                                    The classic essay Auerbach 1953 pays particular attention to narrative style, as do Baratto 1984 and Cottino-Jones 1968. Forni 1992, Forni 1996, and Forni 2008 examine Giovanni Boccaccio’s refined use of rhetorical devices, and Migiel 2003 studies Boccaccio’s representational strategies in the Decameron.

                                                                                                                                                                                    • Auerbach, Erich. “Frate Alberto.” In Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature. By Erich Auerbach, 177–203. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1953.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Classic study of Boccaccio’s prose style and narrative techniques in the second tale of the fourth day of the Decameron.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      • Baratto, Mario. Realtà e stile nel Decameron. Rome: Riuniti, 1984.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Examines the multifaceted style and narrative strategies Boccaccio employs in the Decameron.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        • Cottino-Jones, Marga. An Anatomy of Boccaccio’s Style. Naples, Italy: Cymba, 1968.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Contains six essays that apply a linguistic-stylistic approach to Boccaccio’s novella, with a bibliography.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          • Forni, Pier Massimo. Forme complesse nel Decameron. Florence, Italy: Olschki, 1992.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Detailed study of the tale of Ghismonda and Tancredi (Decameron 4.1) and its multiple relationships to other novella (stories) in the Decameron.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            • Forni, Pier Massimo. Adventures in Speech: Rhetoric and Narration in Boccaccio’s Decameron. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Insightful study of Boccaccio’s rhetorical techniques and discursive strategies in the Decameron with a bibliography and an index.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              • Forni, Pier Massimo. Parole come fatti: La metafora realizzata e altre glosse al Decameron. Naples, Italy: Liguori, 2008.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Examines the use of metaphor in the Decameron.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                • Migiel, Marilyn. A Rhetoric of the Decameron. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Through a careful analysis of the language of the Decameron and its rhetorical strategies, Migiel reexamines how Boccaccio represents a wide range of characters and issues: men, women, gender identity, sexuality, love, hate, morality, and truth.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Italian Poetry

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Giovanni Boccaccio’s numerous minor works are divided both by language (Italian and Latin) and by genre (poetry and prose). They demonstrate the breadth of his reading and study as well as his stylistic versatility. Some scholars have attempted to provide an overview of these disparate works (Hollander 1977 tries to interpret Boccaccio’s vernacular works as ironical), whereas others show his change in attitude across several works (Giusti 1999) or his treatment of a topos, such as the banquet (Sanguineti White 1983) or the locus amoenus (pleasant place) (Raja 2003).

                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Giusti, Eugenio L. Dall’amore cortese alla comprensione: Il viaggio ideologico di Giovanni Boccaccio dalla “Caccia di Diana” al “Decameron”. Milan: Edizioni Universitarie di Lettere Economia Diritto, 1999.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    From courtly love to understanding: Giovanni Boccaccio’s ideological journey from the Caccia di Diana to the Decameron. An insightful reading of Boccaccio’s Italian works intended to show the transformation of his thoughts on “courtly” love from the early writings through the Elegia di Madonna Fiammetta and its ironic counterpart, the Corbaccio, with the pragmatism, understanding, and compassion of the Decameron highlighted.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Hollander, Robert. Boccaccio’s Two Venuses. New York: Columbia University Press, 1977.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Argues that all of Boccaccio’s minor works in Italian are directed toward the elucidation of the two conflicting conceptions of Venus (celestial and carnal) and their effects (salutary and destructive). In this light the minor works possess a definite Christian moral framework that allows them to be read and interpreted in a consistent and unified manner, as guides to or treatises on the proper kind of love and Christian morality in its earthly dimension.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Raja, Maria Elisa. Le muse in giardino: Il paesaggio ameno nelle opere di Giovanni Boccaccio. Alessandria, Italy: Dell’Orso, 2003.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Examines the topos of the garden, the locus amoenus (pleasant place), and its particular manifestations in the works of Boccaccio.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sanguineti White, Laura. La scena conviviale e la sua funzione nel mondo del Boccaccio. Florence, Italy: Olschki, 1983.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Examines the topos of the convivio, the banquet, and how Boccaccio employs it in his works, with particular attention given to the Decameron.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rime (Rhymes)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Giovanni Boccaccio wrote over one hundred lyric poems—primarily sonnets but a few ballads and one sirventese (a poem in terza rima listing the charms of twelve young women of Florence)—and these have been ordered into a roughly chronological sequence by the editor. Many poems were written of course for Fiammetta, but some are misogynistic in nature, and others treat such topics as the decline of virtue in the world, the fragility of earthly things, and religious themes. Approximately thirty poems are regarded as being of dubious authenticity.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          There are two important early editions of Giovanni Boccaccio’s Rime: Massèra 1914 and Branca 1939. The attempt in Massèra 1914 to organize the poems chronologically is criticized in Branca 1939, which, while rejecting the notion that such an ideal, biographical arrangement can be achieved, maintains the earlier editor’s numbering for the convenience of readers. Branca 1958 and Branca 1992 represent major improvements for a better understanding of Boccaccio’s lyric poetry. Marti 1972 uses the Branca 1958 text. Ricci 1965 anthologizes only a small portion of the poems.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Branca, Vittore, ed. “Le rime.” In Le rime, L’amorosa visione, La caccia di Diana. Edited by Vittore Branca. Bari, Italy: Laterza, 1939.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Following the ordering of Massèra 1914, Branca’s text, based on eighty-six codices, is more reliable, with endnotes in which questions of attribution are discussed and indices.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Branca, Vittore, ed. “Rime.” In Rime, Caccia di Diana. Edited by Vittore Branca. Padua, Italy: Liviana, 1958.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Branca presents the text of his 1939 edition but with more extensive interpretive and stylistic notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Branca, Vittore, ed. “Rime.” In Tutte le opere di Giovanni Boccaccio. Vol. 5. Edited by Vittore Branca. Milan: Mondadori, 1992.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Following up on his 1939 and 1958 editions, Branca provides an updated text with an extensive introduction and detailed notes. Also available online.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Marti, Mario, ed. “Rime.” In Opere minori in volgare. Vol. 4. Edited by Mario Marti. Milan: Rizzoli, 1972.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Marti presents Vittore Branca’s text (Branca 1958) with interpretive notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Massèra, Aldo Francesco, ed. Rime di Giovanni Boccaccio. Bologna, Italy: Romagnoli–Dall’Acqua, 1914.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Early edition of Boccaccio’s lyric poetry, which Massèra attempted to order chronologically. Extensive discussion of the manuscript tradition and chronology with notes, variants, a bibliography, and indices.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ricci, Pier Giorgio, ed. “Rime.” In Opere in versi, Corbaccio, Trattatello in laude di Dante, prose latine, epistole. Edited by Pier Giorgio Ricci. Milan: Ricciardi, 1965.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Presents twenty of the lyric poems following Branca 1958 with interpretive notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Critical Commentaries

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Although the lyric poems have not been the object of many critical studies, Tufano 2006 provides a fine overview of them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Tufano, Ilaria. “Quel dolce canto”: Letture tematiche delle “Rime” di Boccaccio. Florence, Italy: Franco Cesati, 2006.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        An attentive reading and interpretation of Boccaccio’s lyric poems with extensive bibliography and indices.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        La caccia di Diana (Diana’s hunt)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The pastoral work in terza rima was written from 1334 to 1338 and describes a hunt of Diana in which the women of Naples, rebelling against the chaste goddess, join the service of Venus.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Supplanting the earlier text in Massèra 1914, Branca 1939 appeared as part of the Scrittori d’Italia series published by Laterza, and this is the text that Ricci 1965 uses. Vittore Branca revised this text for both Branca 1958 and Branca 1967, the latter of which was then used in the anthology Marti 1972.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The English translation by Anthony K. Cassell and Victoria Kirkham (Boccaccio 1991) contains valuable materials for a full understanding of the work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Boccaccio, Giovanni. Diana’s Hunt: Caccia di Diana; Boccaccio’s First Fiction. Edited and translated by Anthony K. Cassell and Victoria Kirkham. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Basing their fine translation on Vittore Branca, ed., “Caccia di Diana,” in Rime, Caccia di Diana, edited by Vittore Branca (Padua, Italy: Liviana, 1958), Cassell and Kirkham provide a thorough introduction as well as ample commentary, a glossary of the ladies of the hunt, a bibliography, and an index.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Il Filostrato (Love’s Victim)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Written around 1335 in ottava rima (octaves), this work, which had a profound influence on Geoffrey Chaucer (Troilus and Criseyde), tells of the unhappy love of the Trojan prince Troiolo for Creseida, the daughter of the Trojan seer Calchas, who has defected to the Greeks. Troiolo and Creseida are brought together by her cousin Pandaro, but their momentary happiness ends when she goes over to the Greek camp and soon falls in love with Diomede. Wracked by despair over Creseida’s fickleness and betrayal, Troiolo takes part in the war and is, at the end, slain by Achilles.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pernicone 1937 appeared as part of the Scrittori d’Italia series published by Laterza. This text has been superseded only minimally by Branca 1964. Marti 1970 uses the text of Pernicone 1937 with references to Branca 1964.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Branca, Vittore, ed. “Filostrato.” In Tutte le opere di Giovanni Boccaccio, Vol. 2. Edited by Vittore Branca. Milan: Mondadori, 1964.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Provides a reliable text with an extensive introduction and detailed notes. Acknowledges the essential validity of Pernicone 1937 but collates an additional seventeen codices for this edition. An electronic version of Branca’s text is available online.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Marti, Mario, ed. “Filostrato.” In Opere minori in volgare, Vol. 2. Edited by Mario Marti. Milan: Rizzoli, 1970.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Marti presents the Pernicone 1937 edition in conjunction with the Branca 1964 text with interpretive notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Pernicone, Vincenzo, ed. ‘Il filostrato.’ Bari, Italy: Laterza, 1937. In Il filostrato e Il ninfale fiesolano. Edited by Vincenzo Pernicone. Bari, Italy: Laterza, 1937.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A generally reliable text with notes based on the collation of some fifty-three manuscripts with descriptions. The text has been only minimally superseded by Branca 1964.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Ricci, Pier Giorgio, ed. “Filostrato.” In Opere in versi, Corbaccio, Trattatello in laude di Dante, prose latine, epistole. Edited by Pier Giorgio Ricci. Milan: Ricciardi, 1965.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Contains representative selections of the work following the Pernicone 1937 edition with interpretive notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Translations

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Robert P. apRoberts and Anna Bruni Seldis translation (Boccaccio 1986) is to be preferred over the one by Nathaniel Edward Griffin and Arthur Beckwith Myrick (Boccaccio 1929) because of the superior text incorporated. Gordon 1934 presents a prose version of the poem as well as other texts representing this particular legendary tale.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Boccaccio, Giovanni. The Filostrato. Translated by Nathaniel Edward Griffin and Arthur Beckwith Myrick. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1929.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Although based on the early and flawed text of Ignazio Moutier (Volume 13, Opere volgari di Giovanni Boccaccio, Florence, 1827–1834), this serviceable translation (with the Italian text on the facing page) contains an important lengthy introduction.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Boccaccio, Giovanni. Il filostrato. Translated by Robert P. apRoberts and Anna Bruni Seldis. New York and London: Garland, 1986.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Based on and presenting Vincenzo Pernicone’s 1937 Italian text, this readable translation is accompanied by an extensive introduction and bibliography.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Gordon, R. K., ed. and trans. The Story of Troilus as Told by Benoît de Sainte-Maure, Giovanni Boccaccio (Translated into English Prose), Geoffrey Chaucer, and Robert Henryson. London: Dent, 1934.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Presents translations of the Troilus story from the French (Le roman de Troie), Italian (Il filostrato), and English (Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde and Henryson’s The Testament of Cresseid) traditions.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Critical Commentaries

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Much of the criticism of the Filostrato is devoted to questions of literary influence, especially on what Giovanni Boccaccio took from Benoit de Sainte-Maure (Roman de Troie) and Guido delle Colonne (Historia troiana) and in turn what Geoffrey Chaucer (Troilus and Criseyde) took from Boccaccio. Battles 2004 focuses on the French sources of Boccaccio and Chaucer, whereas Hanly 1990 and Kellogg 1995 concentrate on Boccaccio and Chaucer. Stillinger 1992 considers Boccaccio’s debt to Dante and Chaucer’s to Boccaccio.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Battles, Dominique. The Medieval Tradition of Thebes: History and Narrative in the OF Roman de Thèbes, Boccaccio, Chaucer, and Lydgate. New York: Routledge, 2004.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Beginning with an examination of the classical source materials in Statius, this volume presents a survey of the transformations of the legend of Thebes in the Middle Ages with special emphasis on Boccaccio and Chaucer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Hanly, Michael G. Boccaccio, Beauvau, Chaucer: Troilus and Criseyde; Four Perspectives on Influence. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1990.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Extensive examination of the sources for Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde with particular attention given to Boccaccio’s Il filostrato.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Kellogg, Laura D. Boccaccio’s and Chaucer’s Cressida. New York: Peter Lang, 1995.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Examines the literary history of the character Cressida and how she is incorporated and interpreted by Boccaccio (Filostrato) and Chaucer (Troilus and Criseyde) with some attention given to the figure of Dido.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Stillinger, Thomas C. The Song of Troilus: Lyric Authority in the Medieval Book. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1992.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Of the six chapters in this volume, two are devoted to Boccaccio’s Filostrato and its relationship to Dante’s Vita nuova and Chaucer’s Troilus.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Teseida; o, Le nozze di Emilia (The Story of Theseus; or, The Marriage of Emilia)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Composed between 1339 and 1341, this work relates the military campaign of the Athenian prince Theseus against the Amazons and his marriage to their queen, Hippolyta, whose sister Emilia accompanies them to Athens. Theseus’s defeat of Creon of Thebes and his imprisonment of two of Creon’s supporters, Palemone and Arcita, in Athens set the stage for subsequent events. The two prisoners observe the beautiful Emilia and immediately fall in love with her. After many adventures, Arcita and Palemone finally engage in a tournament to determine who will be her husband. The former wins but tragically dies, and the latter eventually takes Emilia as his bride. This work was the major inspiration for Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Knight’s Tale.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Agostinelli 1985–1986 gives a complete description of all the Teseida manuscripts with additional information, and Coleman 1997 provides a fine inventory of the various watermarks in the numerous manuscripts of the Teseida and presents over a hundred previously unpublished watermarks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Agostinelli, Edvige. “A Catalogue of the Manuscripts of Il Teseida.” Studi sul Boccaccio 15 (1985–1986): 1–83.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Presents full descriptions of sixty-three manuscripts (and twenty-three “unlocatable” codices or irreperibili) containing the Teseida as well as appendices providing dates for the manuscripts, identification of scribes, presence of illuminations and notations, and colophons with extensive bibliographies.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Coleman, William E. Watermarks in the Manuscripts of Boccaccio’s Il teseida: A Catalogue, Codicological Study, and Album. Florence, Italy: Olschki, 1997.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This very useful volume is both a “catalogue of all the paper in each Teseida MS: not only the text paper, but also the endpapers, the binding sheets, the inserts and repairs, and (in the case of the paste downs) the bindings” (p. 7) and an album of 103 unpublished watermarks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Battaglia 1938 edition of the Teseida was published under the aegis of the Accademia della Crusca three years before Roncaglia 1941 appeared as part of the Scrittori d’Italia series published by Laterza (Aurelio Roncaglia made good use of the Contini 1938 review of the Battaglia 1938 text for his edition). Limentani 1964 uses both earlier editions plus some twenty-three additional manuscripts. Based primarily on Roncaglia 1941, Ricci 1965 also incorporates elements from Battaglia 1938 and Limentani 1964. The anthology Marti 1970 uses Battaglia’s text with reference to Limentani.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Battaglia, Salvatore, ed. Teseida. Florence, Italy: Accademia della Crusca, 1938.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Basing his edition on an examination of thirty-three manuscripts, Battaglia presents a reasonably reliable text with an extensive introduction on the manuscripts, metrics, and orthography as well as a glossary.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Contini, Gianfranco. “Review of Battaglia’s 1938 Edition.” Giornale Storico della Letteratura Italiana 112 (1938): 86–103.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Contains numerous corrections to Battaglia 1938.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Limentani, Alberto, ed. “Teseida delle nozze di Emilia.” In Tutte le opere di Giovanni Boccaccio. Vol. 2. Edited by Vittore Branca. Milan: Mondadori, 1964.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Taking into account Battaglia 1938 and Roncaglia 1941—and presenting a list of corrections to their texts—Limentani provides a reliable edition based on sixty-two manuscripts, with an extensive introduction and detailed notes. An electronic version of Limentani’s text is available online.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Marti, Mario, ed. “Teseida delle nozze d’Emilia.” In Opere minori in volgare. Vol. 2. Edited by Mario Marti. Milan: Rizzoli, 1970.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Marti presents the Battaglia 1938 edition of the Teseida with reference to the Limentani 1964 text with interpretive notes and also includes the text of the author’s Chiose al Teseida (Glosses on the Thesiad), following the Roncaglia 1941 edition of the Chiose al Teseida also with reference to the Limentani 1964 text.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Ricci, Pier Giorgio, ed. “Teseida.” In Opere in versi, Corbaccio, Trattatello in laude di Dante, prose latine, epistole. Edited by Pier Giorgio Ricci. Milan: Ricciardi, 1965.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Contains representative selections from the work following primarily the Roncaglia 1941 edition with emendations from Battaglia 1938 and Limentani 1964 with interpretive notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Roncaglia, Aurelio, ed. Teseida delle nozze d’Emilia. Bari, Italy: Laterza, 1941.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Basing his edition on thirty-nine manuscripts, Roncaglia also used Gianfranco Contini’s review of the Battaglia 1938 edition to make corrections in his own text. Includes the authorial glosses as well as textual notes and indices.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Translations

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The English translations of the Teseida are of mixed quality, but Vincenzo Traversa (Boccaccio 2002) is superior to Bernadette Marie McCoy (Boccaccio 1974).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Boccaccio, Giovanni. The Book of Theseus. Translated by Bernadette Marie McCoy. New York: Medieval Text Association, 1974.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The not terribly reliable translation includes Boccaccio’s glosses as well as notes and an index.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Boccaccio, Giovanni. Theseid of the Nuptials of Emilia (Teseida delle nozze di Emilia). Translated with an introduction by Vincenzo Traversa. New York: Peter Lang, 2002.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This bilingual edition includes an introduction and synopsis of the plot. Although consulting Aurelio Roncaglia, ed., Teseida delle nozze d’Emilia (Bari, Italy: Laterza, 1941), and Alberto Limentani, ed., “Teseida delle nozze di Emilia,” in Tutte le opere di Giovanni Boccaccio, Vol. 2, edited by Vittore Branca (Milan: Mondadori, 1964), Traversa bases his text on a manuscript in his possession.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Critical Commentaries

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Boitani 1977 and Anderson 1988 provide extensive analyses of the Teseida with regard to its sources and its influence on Geoffrey Chaucer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Anderson, David. Before The Knight’s Tale: Imitation of Classical Epic in Boccaccio’s Teseida. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1988.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Examines the transformation of Statius’s Thebaid by Boccaccio for the Teseida and the subsequent reshaping of the story by Chaucer for The Knight’s Tale.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Boitani, Piero. Chaucer and Boccaccio. Oxford: Society for the Study of Mediaeval Languages and Literature, 1977.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thorough examination of Boccaccio’s Teseida and its influence on Chaucer’s Knight’s Tale.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        L’Ameto; o, Comedia delle ninfe fiorentine (Ameto; or, The comedy of the Florentine nymphs)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Composed in 1341–1342, this allegorical pastoral romance is a prosimetrum, a combination of prose and poetry in terza rima, in which each nymph represents a Christian virtue and each of their lovers the opposite vice, which is eventually overcome through love.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Superseding Bruscoli 1940, published as part of Laterza’s Scrittori d’Italia series, Quaglio 1963 is now the standard, and this was used by Mario Marti in assembling his anthology (Marti 1971). Quaglio 1963 also appears in the series edited by Vittore Branca, Tutte le opere di Giovanni Boccaccio (Quaglio 1964).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bruscoli, Nicola, ed. “L’ameto; o, Commedia delle ninfe fiorentine.” In L’ameto, Lettere, Il Corbaccio. Edited by Nicola Bruscoli. Bari, Italy: Laterza, 1940.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Based on twelve manuscripts, this edition was for many years the standard text of the work with notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Marti, Mario, ed. “Comedia delle ninfe fiorentine.” In Opere minori in volgare. Vol. 3. Edited by Mario Marti. Milan: Rizzoli, 1971.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Marti presents the Quaglio 1963 edition with interpretive notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Quaglio, Antonio Enzo, ed. Comedia delle ninfe fiorentine (Ameto). Florence, Italy: Sansoni, 1963.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Critical edition of the work with extensive discussion of the manuscript tradition and variants. Electronic versions of Quaglio’s text are available online.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Quaglio, Antonio Enzo, ed. “Comedia delle ninfe fiorentine.” In Tutte le opere di Giovanni Boccaccio. Vol. 2. Edited by Vittore Branca. Milan: Mondadori, 1964.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Based on Quaglio’s critical edition (Quaglio 1963), this text provides an introduction and extensive notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Salinari, Carlo, and Natalino Sapegno, eds. “L’ameto; o, Commedia delle ninfe fiorentine.” In Decameron, Filocolo, Ameto, Fiammetta. Edited by Enrico Bianchi, Carlo Salinari, and Natalino Sapegno. Milan: Ricciardi, 1952.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Follows the Bruscoli 1940 text with interpretive notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Translations

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Judith Serafini-Sauli (Boccaccio 1985) has provided the only translation of this early work into English.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Boccaccio, Giovanni. L’ameto. Translated by Judith Serafini-Sauli. New York and London: Garland, 1985.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Based on the Antonio Enzo Quaglio, ed., Comedia delle ninfe fiorentine (Ameto) (Florence, Italy: Sansoni, 1963), critical edition, this very readable English version (the parts in verse are rendered in prose) also provides an introduction and helpful notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    L’amorosa visione (The amorous vision)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Composed of fifty cantos in terza rima, the Amorosa visione (1342–1343) recounts an allegorical dream vision in which spiritual happiness, although the ostensible goal, yields reluctantly to earthly pleasure. Although modeled on Dante’s Divine Comedy, the work takes a radically different perspective on the value of human experience and existence.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Two textual traditions exist for this work, one based on eight manuscripts and the other on the editio princeps of 1521, which served as the base text for most subsequent editions. Branca 1939 appeared as part of the Scrittori d’Italia series published by Laterza. Vittore Branca revised his text twice (Branca 1944, Branca 1974). Marti 1971 uses Branca 1944 text as its foundation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Branca, Vittore, ed. L’amorosa visione. Bari, Italy: Laterza, 1939.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Presents the text of tradition based on eight manuscripts with endnotes and indices. Includes a discussion of the manuscript tradition.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Branca, Vittore, ed. Amorosa visione. Florence, Italy: Sansoni, 1944.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Presents the texts representing those based on eight manuscripts and those based on the editio princeps of 1521 with notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Branca, Vittore, ed. “Amorosa visione.” In Tutte le opere di Giovanni Boccaccio. Vol. 3. Edited by Vittore Branca. Milan: Mondadori, 1974.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This text supersedes Branca 1944 and is a reliable edition of both textual traditions (those based on eight manuscripts and those based on the editio princeps of 1521) with an extensive introduction, discussion of the textual tradition, bibliography, and detailed notes. Electronic versions of Branca’s text are available online.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Marti, Mario, ed. “Amorosa visione.” In Opere minori in volgare. Vol. 3. Edited by Mario Marti. Milan: Rizzoli, 1971.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Marti presents the Branca 1944 edition with interpretive notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Ricci, Pier Giorgio, ed. “Amorosa visione.” In Opere in versi, Corbaccio, Trattatello in laude di Dante, prose latine, epistole. Edited by Pier Giorgio Ricci. Milan: Ricciardi, 1965.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Presents ten cantos of the work following the Branca 1944 edition with interpretive notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The fine English translation by Robert Hollander, et al. (Boccaccio 1986) is accompanied by the Italian text and many substantive notes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Boccaccio, Giovanni. Amorosa visione. Bilingual ed. Translated by Robert Hollander, Timothy Hampton, and Margherita Frankel, with an introduction by Vittore Branca. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1986.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Follows the editio princeps of 1521 text in Vittore Branca’s 1974 edition and provides a very readable English translation with substantial notes and an index.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Il ninfale fiesolano (The nymph of Fiesole)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Composed in ottava rima (octaves) around 1346, this work narrates the mythological story of the star-crossed lovers—the rustic Africo and the nymph Mensola—who give their names to the two streams that flow down from Fiesole to Florence and whose son (Pruneo) will play an important role in the founding and governance of the city of Fiesole.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pernicone 1937 appeared as part of the Scrittori d’Italia series published by Laterza. His text, later used in Marti 1971, is superseded by Balduino 1974, which is used in Forni 1991.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Balduino, Armando, ed. “Ninfale fiesolano.” In Tutte le opere di Giovanni Boccaccio. Vol. 3. Edited by Vittore Branca. Milan: Mondadori, 1974.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Provides a reliable edition with an extensive introduction and detailed notes. Electronic versions of Balduino’s text are available online.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Forni, Pier Massimo. Ninfale fiesolano. Milan: Mursia Editore, 1991.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Based on the Balduino 1974 text, this serviceable edition contains an introduction, a biographical sketch, a bibliography, and interpretive notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Marti, Mario, ed. “Il ninfale fiesolano.” In Opere minori in volgare. Vol. 3. Edited by Mario Marti. Milan: Rizzoli, 1971.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Marti presents the Pernicone 1937 text with interpretive notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Pernicone, Vincenzo, ed. “Il ninfale fiesolano.” In Il filostrato e Il ninfale fiesolano. Edited by Vincenzo Pernicone. Bari, Italy: Laterza, 1937.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Provides an account of the textual history of the work with notes and an edition that has been superseded by Balduino 1974. An electronic version of Pernicone’s text is available online.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ricci, Pier Giorgio, ed. “Il ninfale fiesolano.” In Opere in versi, Corbaccio, Trattatello in laude di Dante, prose latine, epistole. Edited by Pier Giorgio Ricci. Milan: Ricciardi, 1965.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Presents the complete text following Pernicone 1937 with interpretive notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Translations

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Both Daniel J. Donno (Boccaccio 1960) and Joseph Tusiani (Boccaccio 1971) provide reliable versions of the original, the former in prose and the latter in verse.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Boccaccio, Giovanni. The Nymph of Fiesole. Translated by Daniel J. Donno. New York: Columbia University Press, 1960.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A readable prose version of the work with a short introduction and a commentary.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Boccaccio, Giovanni. Giovanni Boccaccio’s Nymphs of Fiesole. Translated by Joseph Tusiani. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1971.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This verse translation of the work contains a brief introduction.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Italian Prose

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Giovanni Boccaccio’s Italian prose may be divided into two categories: fictional narrative (Il filocolo, L’elegia di madonna Fiammetta, Il corbaccio) and expository writings on Dante (biography, Trattatello in laude di Dante; and commentary, Esposizioni sopra la Comedia).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Il Filocolo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Often referred to as the first European novel, the Filocolo (1336–1338) is based on the old French tale of Florio and Biancifiore (Fleur et Blanchefleur) and provides a fine example of Giovanni Boccaccio’s skill in imbuing characters with psychological depth and in crafting a narrative rich in detail, allegorical significance, and classical erudition.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Battaglia 1938 appeared as part of the Scrittori d’Italia series published by Laterza. His text is followed in Salinari and Sapegno 1952 but is superseded by Quaglio 1967, which is used in Marti 1969.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Battaglia, Salvatore, ed. Il filocolo. Bari, Italy: Laterza, 1938.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Serviceable edition based on the collation of ten codices with endnotes and an index.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Marti, Mario, ed. “Filocolo.” In Opere minori in volgare. Vol. 1. Edited by Mario Marti. Milan: Rizzoli, 1969.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  After a long introduction to the four-volume collection of Boccaccio’s vernacular works, Marti presents the Quaglio 1967 edition of the Filocolo with interpretive notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Quaglio, Antonio Enzo, ed. “Filocolo.” In Tutte le opere di Giovanni Boccaccio. Vol. 1. Edited by Vittore Branca. Milan: Mondadori, 1967.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Provides a reliable edition, based on the complete manuscript and print tradition (forty-seven codices and six printed editions), with an extensive introduction and detailed notes. An electronic version of Quaglio’s text is available online, where each of the five books can be accessed individually.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Salinari, Carlo, and Natalino Sapegno, eds. “Il filocolo.” In Decameron, Filocolo, Ameto, Fiammetta. Edited by Enrico Bianchi, Carlo Salinari, and Natalino Sapegno. Milan: Ricciardi, 1952.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Follows the Battaglia 1938 text with interpretive notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The first complete English translation of the Filocolo appeared in 1985, but a portion of the text—Fiammetta’s love debate, often considered as a miniature frame tale anticipating the Decameron—was translated into English early on, during the Elizabethan age, by H. G. (Boccaccio 1567). Donald Cheney and Thomas G. Bergin (Boccaccio 1985) base their English version on Antonio Enzo Quaglio’s text.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Boccaccio, Giovanni. A Pleasaunt Disport of Diuers Noble Personages: Written in Italian by M. Iohn Bocace Florentine and Poet Laureat; In His Boke Which Is Entituled Philocopo, and Nowe Englished by H. G. London: H. Bynneman, 1567.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        H. G. is either Humphrey Gifford or Henry Grantham. The London 1571 edition added the following words to the beginning of the title: Thirtene Most Plesant and Delectable Questions. Edward Hutton reissued this text (London: Peter Davies, 1927). The original was later reprinted (New York: Da Capo, 1970).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Boccaccio, Giovanni. Il filocolo. Translated by Donald Cheney and Thomas G. Bergin. New York: Garland, 1985.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Following Antonio Enzo Quaglio, ed., “Filocolo,” in Tutte le opere di Giovanni Boccaccio, Vol. 1, edited by Vittore Branca (Milan: Mondadori, 1967), this volume presents a serviceable English version of the romance.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Critical Commentaries

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Filocolo has not been studied as much as other of Giovanni Boccaccio’s minor works, but since the 1990s it has been the object of three fine studies: Grossvogel 1992, Morosini 2004, and Kirkham 2001. Grieve 1997 examines the work in relation to its sources and connections with other similarly inspired works.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Grieve, Patricia E. “Floire and Blancheflor” and the European Romance. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Surveys the history and transformation of the medieval love story Floire and Blancheflor in Spain, France, Italy (Boccaccio, Il filocolo), England, and Scandinavia.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Grossvogel, Steven. Ambiguity and Allusion in Boccaccio’s Filocolo. Florence, Italy: Olschki, 1992.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              An extensive examination of how important aspects of medieval culture and philosophy function as the governing principles of the Filocolo, with particular emphasis on thematic patterns.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Kirkham, Victoria. Fabulous Vernacular: Boccaccio’s Filocolo and the Art of Medieval Fiction. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2001.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                An insightful study of the Filocolo with attention to hierarchical, symmetrical, and analogical principles and to the important place this work has in Boccaccio’s oeuvre.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Morosini, Roberta. Per difetto rintegrare: Una lettura del Filocolo di Giovanni Boccaccio. Ravenna, Italy: Longo, 2004.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A detailed examination of the Filocolo for its incorporation of literary models in order to demonstrate its importance as a metaliterary and metatextual commentary on the nature and purpose of literature.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  l’elegia di madonna Fiammetta (The elegy of Lady Fiammetta)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Often called anachronistically the first “psychological novel,” this literary experiment in the elegiac mode was written before 1345 and presents the story of a woman named Fiammetta who has been abandoned by her lover and who laments her fate with other women.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pernicone 1939 appeared as part of the Scrittori d’Italia series published by Laterza. This text is used in Salinari and Sapegno 1952 and Marti 1971, is corrected in Ageno 1954, and was eventually superseded by Delcorno 1994. Segre 1978 follows the Ageno 1954 text.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ageno, Franca, ed. L’elegia di madonna Fiammetta. Paris: Alberto Tallone, 1954.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Presents a text based on a more rigorous classification of manuscripts than that of Pernicone 1939. Electronic versions of Ageno’s text are available online.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Delcorno, Carlo, ed. “Elegia di madonna Fiammetta.” In Tutte le opere di Giovanni Boccaccio. Vol. 5.2. Edited by Vittore Branca. Milan: Mondadori, 1994.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The standard critical edition of the work based on a collation of thirty-two codices, with a bibliography, extensive notes, and indices. An electronic version of Delcorno’s text is available online.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Marti, Mario, ed. “Elegia di madonna Fiammetta.” In Opere minori in volgare. Vol. 3. Edited by Mario Marti. Milan: Rizzoli, 1971.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Marti presents the Pernicone 1939 edition with interpretive notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Pernicone, Vincenzo, ed. L’elegia di madonna Fiammetta, con le chiose inedite. Bari, Italy: Laterza, 1939.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          For many years the standard text with notes and a detailed account of the manuscripts and printed editions.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Salinari, Carlo, and Natalino Sapegno, eds. “L’elegia di madonna Fiammetta.” In Decameron, Filocolo, Ameto, Fiammetta. Edited by Enrico Bianchi, Carlo Salinari, and Natalino Sapegno. Milan: Ricciardi, 1952.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Follows the Pernicone 1939 text with interpretive notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Segre, Cesare, ed. “Elegia di madonna Fiammetta.” In Opere. Edited by Cesare Segre with commentary by Maria Segre Consigli and Antonia Benvenuti. Milan: Mursia, 1978.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Presents the Ageno 1954 text with interpretive notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Translations

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The late -16th-century translation by Bartholomew Young (Boccaccio 1587) was revised by Edward Hutton in 1926 (and has been reissued several times since). Modern English translations include those by Mariangela Causa-Steindler and Thomas Mauch (Boccaccio 1990) and Roberta L. Payne and Alexandra Hennessey Olsen (Boccaccio 1992).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Boccaccio, Giovanni. Amorous Fiammetta. Translated by Bartholomew Young. London: J. Charlewood, 1587.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Young provides a relatively free version in Elizabethan English, which Edward Hutton revised slightly for his reissue (London: Navarre Society, 1926).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Boccaccio, Giovanni. The Elegy of Lady Fiammetta. Edited and translated by Mariangela Causa-Steindler and Thomas Mauch. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Based on a 1978 text, this translation attempts to retain Boccaccio’s syntax and the flavor of the original. Contains an introduction, a glossary, and a bibliography.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Boccaccio, Giovanni. The Elegia of Madonna Fiammetta Sent by Her to Women in Love. Translated by Roberta L. Payne and Alexandra Hennessey Olsen. New York: Peter Lang, 1992.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Based on Carlo Salinari and Natalino Sapegno, eds., “L’elegia di madonna Fiammetta,” in Decameron, Filocolo, Ameto, Fiammetta, edited by Enrico Bianchi, Carlo Salinari, and Natalino Sapegno (Milan: Ricciardi, 1952), this version streamlines Boccaccio’s syntax. Contains an introduction and a glossary.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Il corbaccio (The crow)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As Giovanni Boccaccio’s last work of Italian prose fiction composed around 1355, the Corbaccio is also one of the most puzzling in that it purports to be a misogynistic diatribe against a widow who rejects and publicly mocks her lover.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bruscoli 1940 appeared as part of the Scrittori d’Italia series published by Laterza. It was based primarily on the trustworthy Mannelli codex (Laurentian Pluteus XLII.1), which Nurmela 1968 ill-advisedly considered corrupt. Unaware of these textual problems, Marti 1972 publishes the Nurmela 1968 text with some modifications. Ricci 1965 follows the Nurmela 1968 mistaken lead in the choice of manuscripts. Padoan 1994 is now considered the standard text.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Bruscoli, Nicola, ed. “Il corbaccio; o, Il laberinto d’amore.” In L’ameto, Lettere, Il corbaccio. Edited by Nicola Bruscoli. Bari, Italy: Laterza, 1940.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      For many years the standard text of the work with notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Marti, Mario, ed. “Corbaccio.” In Opere minori in volgare. Vol. 4. Edited by Mario Marti. Milan: Rizzoli, 1972.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Marti presents the Nurmela 1968 edition with interpretive notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Nurmela, Tauno, ed. Il corbaccio. Helsinki, Finland: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia, 1968.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This edition has been the object of some discussion and criticism for its choice of manuscripts and was superseded by Padoan 1994.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Padoan, Giorgio, ed. “Corbaccio.” In Tutte le opere di Giovanni Boccaccio. Vol. 5.2. Edited by Vittore Branca. Milan: Mondadori, 1994.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The standard critical edition of the work based on a collation of thirty-two codices, with a bibliography, extensive notes, and indices. Two versions of Padoan’s text are available online.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Ricci, Pier Giorgio, ed. “Corbaccio.” In Opere in versi, Corbaccio, Trattatello in laude di Dante, prose latine, epistole. Milan: Ricciardi, 1965.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Presents a critical text following a collation of five Florentine manuscripts with interpretive notes. Electronic versions of Ricci’s text are available online.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Translations

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anthony Cassell provides two English translations of the work; Boccaccio 1975 is elaborate, with its introductory materials and notes, whereas Boccaccio 1993 is, in its streamlined state, geared more toward a student audience.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Boccaccio, Giovanni. The Corbaccio. Translated by Anthony Cassell. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1975.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Based on Tauno Nurmela, ed., Il corbaccio (Helsinki, Finland: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia, 1968), this fine translation contains an introduction, notes, an appendix on the Sumptuary Statutes of 1355 and 1356, bibliographies, and an index.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Boccaccio, Giovanni. The Corbaccio; or, The Labyrinth of Love. 2d ed. Edited and translated by Anthony K. Cassell. Binghamton, NY: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1993.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Presents a revised translation of the work but omits most of the more scholarly materials contained in Boccaccio 1975.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Critical Commentaries

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The reception of the Corbaccio was mixed, and Hollander 1988 reviews the various interpretations. Illiano 1991 provides an interesting new reading of this controversial work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Hollander, Robert. Boccaccio’s Last Fiction: “Il corbaccio.” Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1988.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Proposing an early dating (1354–1355) of the Corbaccio, Hollander argues against a serious reading of the work, believing it to be a “literary joke,” a sort of “Ovidian” (and thus ironic) retraction. This short monograph also includes a number of parallel passages between the Corbaccio and Dante’s works, which “underline its distance from rather than its dependence upon the moral strategies of the Dantean original” (p. 2).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Illiano, Antonio. Per l’esegesi del “Corbaccio.” Naples, Italy: Federico and Ardia, 1991.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A new stylistic reading and thematic interpretation of this controversial work.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Trattatello in laude di Dante (Little treatise in praise of Dante)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This work exists in three versions: the first redaction dating to 1351–1355 and contained in Giovanni Boccaccio’s autograph (Toledo, Biblioteca Capitolare 104.6) and two “compendia,” one shorter (also found in Boccaccio’s autograph: Vatican, Chigiano L.V.176) and one longer (for which no autograph exists), and these date from the 1360s but perhaps as late as 1373.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ricci 1974a, the authoritative edition, and Ricci 1974b have replaced Ricci 1965 and Guerri 1918. The anthology Marti 1972 uses the Guerri 1918 text.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Guerri, Domenico, ed. Il comento alla Divina commedia e gli altri scritti intorno a Dante. Bari, Italy: Laterza, 1918.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Early but not very reliable edition of the text.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Marti, Mario, ed. “Trattatello in laude di Dante.” In Opere minori in volgare. Vol. 4. Edited by Mario Marti. Milan: Rizzoli, 1972.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Marti presents the Guerri 1918 edition with interpretive notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ricci, Pier Giorgio, ed. “Trattatello in laude di Dante.” In Opere in versi, Corbaccio, Trattatello in laude di Dante, prose latine, epistole. Edited by Pier Giorgio Ricci. Milan: Ricciardi, 1965.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Presents a new text of the work following the autograph Toledo codex (104.6) with interpretive notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Ricci, Pier Giorgio, ed. “Trattatello in laude di Dante.” In Tutte le opere di Giovanni Boccaccio. Vol. 3. Edited by Vittore Branca. Milan: Mondadori, 1974a.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Provides a reliable edition of the first and second redactions with an extensive introduction and detailed notes. Electronic versions of the text are available online.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Ricci, Pier Giorgio. “Le tre redazioni del Trattatello in laude di Dante.” Studi sul Boccaccio 8 (1974b): 197–214.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Studies the problems of dating the work and the relationship between the Trattatello and the two “compendia,” considering the autograph manuscripts (Vatican, Chigiano L.V.176; and Toledo, Biblioteca Capitolare 104.6) with attention to variants and lacunae.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Translations

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The two English translations are fine versions of the work, but Vincenzo Zin Bollettino (Boccaccio 1990) provides much more valuable information than James Robinson Smith (Boccaccio and Aretino 1963).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Boccaccio, Giovanni. The Life of Dante (Trattatello in laude di Dante). Translated by Vincenzo Zin Bollettino. New York: Garland, 1990.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Following Ricci 1965 (cited under Editions), Bollettino provides a very readable English version of the first redaction of Boccaccio’s Trattatello with a substantial introduction, bibliography, illustrations, and copious notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Boccaccio, Giovanni, and Leonardo Bruni Aretino. The Earliest Lives of Dante. Translated by James Robinson Smith. New York: Frederick Ungar, 1963.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Contains a readable translation of Boccaccio’s first redaction of the life of Dante with an introduction by Francesco Basetti-Sani. Originally published in 1901.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Esposizioni sopra la Comedia (Expositions on the Comedy)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Toward the end of his life Giovanni Boccaccio received a commission from the Florentine Commune to give a series of public lectures on Dante’s Divine Comedy. Presented in the Church of Santo Stefano in Badia from October 1373 until April 1374, these lectures provide insight into the literal and allegorical significance of the first sixteen cantos of Dante’s Inferno and remain interrupted at the beginning of the 17th canto.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The standard edition is Padoan 1965, which the anthology Marti 1972 uses.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Marti, Mario, ed. “Dalle Esposizioni sopra la Comedia di Dante.” In Opere minori in volgare. Vol. 4. Edited by Mario Marti. Milan: Rizzoli, 1972.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Marti follows Padoan 1965 for select portions of the text (cantos 5–10) with interpretive notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Padoan, Giorgio, ed. “Esposizioni sopra la Comedia di Dante.” In Tutte le opere di Giovanni Boccaccio. Vol. 6. Edited by Vittore Branca. Milan: Mondadori, 1965.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Provides a reliable edition of ten texts with an extensive introduction and detailed notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Translation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This important work was translated into English by Michael Papio (Boccaccio 2009), thus enabling scholars to investigate Giovanni Boccaccio’s commentary on the Divine Comedy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Boccaccio, Giovanni. Boccaccio’s Expositions on Dante’s Comedy. Translated with an introduction and notes by Michael Papio. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The first complete English translation of this important work with an introduction and copious notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Latin Poetry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Of his limited number of poems in Latin, Giovanni Boccaccio’s Buccolicum carmen are the most important, imitating both classical and Petrarchan models and presenting social and political commentary mixed with personal confessions under the veil of allegory, whereas his occasional verse, the eight Carmina, among which several metrical epistles exist, were never collected.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Buccolicum carmen (Eclogues)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Giovanni Boccaccio’s sixteen eclogues follow the classic pastoral models of Theocritus and Virgil as well as the subsequent ones of his friend Petrarch and present, as some scholars have argued, a “spiritual and intellectual itinerary of their author” (Judith Powers Serafini-Sauli, Giovanni Boccaccio [Boston: Twayne, 1982], p. 114).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The edition Massèra 1928 for Laterza’s Scrittori d’Italia series forms the basis for Perini 1994, which provides an acute discussion of the manuscript tradition, and Ricci 1965, which focuses its attention on four of the eclogues.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Massèra, Aldo Francesco, ed. “Buccolicum carmen.” In Opere latine minori. Edited by Aldo Francesco Massèra. Bari, Italy: Laterza, 1928.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Provides a reliable text of the sixteen eclogues with notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Perini, Giorgio Bernardi, ed. and trans. “Buccolicum carmen.” In Tutte le opere di Giovanni Boccaccio, Vol. 5.2. Edited by Vittore Branca. Milan: Mondadori, 1994.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Provides a good overview of the textual problems surrounding the eclogues and, after collating the twelve manuscripts, presents a text that follows the general lines of Massèra 1928 with a discussion of codices, extensive notes, and an Italian translation.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Ricci, Pier Giorgio, ed. “Buccolicum carmen.” In Opere in versi, Corbaccio, Trattatello in laude di Dante, prose latine, epistole. Edited by Pier Giorgio Ricci. Milan: Ricciardi, 1965.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Presents four of the sixteen eclogues—Galla, Faunus, Olympia, and Aggelos—following Massèra 1928, with interpretive notes and an Italian translation.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The only translation in English is that of Janet Levarie Smarr (Boccaccio 1987); it provides a reliable version of the eclogues.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Carmina (Poems)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Giovanni Boccaccio wrote these occasional poems at various points in his life but never collected them. These pieces range in length from very short—a single line (addressed to the archbishop of Milan) and two four-verse compositions (one an epitaph for his own tomb and the other a sort of “explicit” appended to a copy of Dante’s Divine Comedy)—to as many as 186 verses (two metrical epistles to Petrarch and the “Elegy of Costanza,” which is in the Zibaldoni).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For many years the standard text was Massèra 1928, but Velli 1992 superseded it with additional materials and an Italian translation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Massèra, Aldo Francesco, ed. “Carminum quae supersunt.” In Giovanni Boccaccio: Opere latine minori. Bari, Italy: Laterza, 1928.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Provides a reliable text of eight of these short Latin poems by Boccaccio with notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Velli, Giuseppe, ed. and trans. “Carmina.” In Tutte le opere di Giovanni Boccaccio. Vol. 5.1. Edited by Vittore Branca. Milan: Mondadori, 1992.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Latin Prose

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Giovanni Boccaccio’s prose works in Latin were all written in the last twenty-five years of his life, when he operated in large part under the influence of Petrarch. Each of these works intends to be a sort of summa or compendium of knowledge about a certain subject. Thus the Genealogie deorum gentilium libri treats pagan myths and their sources, meanings, and allegories. The De casibus virorum illustrium presents biographies of historical individuals who were ultimately undone by Fortune and whose stories may serve some moral end. His series of profiles of illustrious women, De mulieribus claris, provides historical insight and moral instruction. Of lesser importance are Boccaccio’s letters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    De casibus virorum illustrium (On the fates of famous men)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Written from 1356 to 1360, this work presents numerous examples of well-known men and women who dealt with the unpredictable whims of Fortune, both good and bad. Important lessons may be gleaned from these stories of individuals who have fallen from a place of power and wealth due to Fortune’s wheel.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ricci 1965 has been replaced by Ricci and Zaccaria 1983. Boccaccio 1962 is noteworthy for its presentation of a Renaissance edition of this very popular work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Boccaccio, Giovanni. De casibus illustrium virorum: A Facsimile Reproduction of the Paris Edition of 1520. Gainesville, FL: Scholars’ Facsimiles and Reprints, 1962.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Contains a short introduction by Louis Brewer Hall and a bibliography.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Ricci, Pier Giorgio, ed. “De casibus virorum illustrium.” In Opere in versi, Corbaccio, Trattatello in laude di Dante, prose latine, epistole. Edited by Pier Giorgio Ricci. Milan: Ricciardi, 1965.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Presents a representative selection from the work following two authoritative codices with interpretive notes and an Italian translation.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ricci, Pier Giorgio, and Vittorio Zaccaria, eds. and trans. De casibus virorum illustrium. In Tutte le opere di Giovanni Boccaccio. Vol. 9. Edited by Vittore Branca. Milan: Mondadori, 1983.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Critical edition based on seventy-two codices with a thorough discussion of the textual tradition, an introduction, extensive interpretive notes, and indices.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The only English translation is the greatly abbreviated one by Louis Brewer Hall (Boccaccio 1965).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Boccaccio, Giovanni. The Fates of Illustrious Men. Translated and abridged by Louis Brewer Hall. New York: Frederick Ungar, 1965.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Based essentially on the 1520 Paris edition, this translation presents roughly half of the stories, with an introduction and a short bibliography.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Critical Commentary

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hedeman 2008 examines the French translation and its illustrations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Hedeman, Anne D. Translating the Past: Laurent de Premierfait and Boccaccio’s De casibus. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2008.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Laurent de Premierfait’s 1409 translation, Des cas des nobles homes et femmes, is examined not only for its rendition in French of these cautionary tales but also for how the text was illustrated. Hedeman studies the copy in the Getty Museum painted by the Boucicaut master under King Charles VII of France.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Genealogia deorum gentilium libri (Genealogy of the pagan gods)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Giovanni Boccaccio wrote this large compendium of classical myths in fifteen books from 1355 to 1360 and enlarged and revised it during the final years of his life. Much of his analysis of the myths is based on etymology and allegory, some of which he derives from earlier sources and some of which is original. The Genealogia deorum gentilium libri remained the principal mythological sourcebook for several centuries. The last two books of the treatise (14 and 15) are devoted to a defense of poetry and the role of the poet in society.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              One well-known manuscript is in the University of Chicago Library and has been described in great detail in Wilkins 1927.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Wilkins, Ernest H. The University of Chicago Manuscript of the Genealogia deorum gentilium of Boccaccio. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1927.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In addition to several chapters that give a general introduction to the Genealogia deorum gentilium libri, Wilkins provides a full description of the manuscript and its history. Also contains thirteen plates.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The early edition of Romano 1951 has been superseded by Zaccaria 1998, which also includes an Italian translation. Two fine editions of Book 14 are in Ricci 1965 and Reedy 1978.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Reedy, Jeremiah, ed. In Defence of Poetry (Genealogiae deorum gentilium liber XIV). Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1978.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  An edition of the Latin text of Book 14, based on the University of Chicago manuscript 100, with a short introduction and notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ricci, Pier Giorgio, ed. “Genealogia deorum gentilium.” In Opere in versi, Corbaccio, Trattatello in laude di Dante, prose latine, epistole. Edited by Pier Giorgio Ricci. Milan: Ricciardi, 1965.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ricci presents Book 14 of the work, basing his collation on five manuscripts in the Laurentian Library in Florence, with interpretive and textual notes and an Italian translation.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Romano, Vincenzo, ed. Genealogie deorum gentilium libri. 2 vols. Bari, Italy: Laterza, 1951.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Until the publication of Zaccaria 1998, this was the standard text of the mythological treatise, with endnotes and indices.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Zaccaria, Vittorio, ed. and trans. Genealogie deorum gentilium. 2 vols. Vols. 7–8 of Tutte le opere di Giovanni Boccaccio. Edited by Vittore Branca. Milan: Mondadori, 1998.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The standard critical edition and Italian translation of this work with extensive interpretive notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There is no complete translation of Genealogia deorum gentilium libri in English. Osgood 1956 provides a fine version of the two final books of the treatise. Betussi da Bassano 1547 translates the work into Italian.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Betussi da Bassano, Giuseppe, trans. Geneologia degli Dei. I quindeci libri di M. Giovanni Boccaccio sopra la origine et discendenza di tutti gli Dei de’ Gentili, con la spositione et sensi allegorici delle favole, et con la dichiaratione dell’historie appartenenti a detta materia. Venice: Comino da Trino, 1547.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This early Italian translation is available online.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Osgood, Charles G., trans. On Poetry. Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs Merrill, 1956.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Provides an English translation of Books 14–15 of the Genealogia deorum gentilium libri, in which Boccaccio makes his defense of poetry.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            De mulieribus claris (On famous women)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Composed in 1361–1362, this work presents 104 biographies of famous women, beginning with Eve and ending with Queen Johanna of Naples, and includes examples primarily from the Bible and Greek and Roman Antiquity with a few from the postclassical period.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ricci 1965 presents selections from the work based on Giovanni Boccaccio’s autograph manuscript, which Zaccaria 1970 follows for its edition of the complete work; Brown 2001 follows the Zaccaria 1970 text.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Brown, Virginia, ed. and trans. Famous Women. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2001.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Follows the Zaccaria 1970 text and provides extensive notes, an index, and a new English translation.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Ricci, Pier Giorgio, ed. “De mulieribus claris.” In Opere in versi, Corbaccio, Trattatello in laude di Dante, prose latine, epistole. Edited by Pier Giorgio Ricci. Milan: Ricciardi, 1965.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Presents representative selections from the work based on his identification of the Florentine codex, Laurentian XC sup. 98, as an autograph dating from Boccaccio’s final years, with textual and interpretive notes and an Italian translation.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Zaccaria, Vittorio, ed. “De mulieribus claris.” In Tutte le opere di Giovanni Boccaccio, Vol. 10. 2d ed. Edited by Vittore Branca. Milan: Mondadori, 1970.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Following the lead of Ricci 1965 in its choice of manuscript, Zaccaria provides a reliable edition with an extensive introduction, detailed notes, indices, and an Italian translation.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Guido A. Guarino’s version (Boccaccio 1963) in English has been superseded by Brown 2001. An electronic version of the early Italian translation Tosti 1841 is available online.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Boccaccio, Giovanni. Concerning Famous Women. Translated by Guido A. Guarino. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1963.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The translation, based on the often defective 1539 Bern edition, includes an introduction and notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Brown, Virginia, ed. and trans. Famous Women. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2001.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Follows Zaccaria 1970 (cited under Editions), and provides extensive notes, an index, and a new English translation.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Tosti, Luigi, ed. Volgarizzamento dell’opera di messer Boccaccio “De claris mulieribus”. 2d ed. Translated by Donato Albanzani da Casentino. Milan: Giovanni Silvestri, 1841.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Vernacular version of the work by Boccaccio De claris mulieribus. This Italian version by the late -14th-century Donato Albanzani was discovered and edited by Tosti, a monk in the Abbey of Montecassino.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kolsky 2003 and Kolsky 2005 are valuable contributions to an understanding of the work and its influence in the Renaissance. Buettner 1996 studies the manuscript illuminations that accompany the early French translation of it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Buettner, Brigitte. Boccaccio’s Des cleres et nobles femmes: Systems of Signification in an Illuminated Manuscript. Seattle: College Art Association in association with University of Washington Press, 1996.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A detailed study of the anonymous early French translation of the work and particularly its accompanying illustrations (Paris, B.N. 12420).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Kolsky, Stephen D. The Genealogy of Women: Studies in Boccaccio’s De Mulieribus Claris. New York: Peter Lang, 2003.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In addition to the introduction and conclusion, the volume contains eight chapters that treat various aspects of the work. Also bibliography and index.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Kolsky, Stephen. The Ghost of Boccaccio: Writings on Famous Women in Renaissance Italy. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2005.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              After an introductory chapter on Boccaccio’s De mulieribus claris, Kolsky examines the influence of this model on a number of Renaissance authors (for example, Vespasiano da Bisticci, Giovanni Sabadino degli Arienti, Mario Equicola).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              De montibus, silvis, fontibus, lacubus, fluminibis, stagnis seu paludibus, et de nominibus maris liber (The book on mountains, woods, springs, lakes, rivers, swamps, and on the names of seas)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This topographical treatise was intended to be a guide to classical literature, and it served this purpose through the Renaissance.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pastore Stocchi 1998 is the standard text of this work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Pastore Stocchi, Manlio, ed. “De montibus, silvis, fontibus, lacubus, fluminibus, stagnis seu paludibus, et de diversis nominibus maris.” In Tutte le opere di Giovanni Boccaccio, Vol. 8. Edited by Vittore Branca. Milan: Mondadori, 1998.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Standard critical edition of the Latin text with interpretive notes and an index.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The early Italian translation first published in 1598 and reprinted in Boccaccio 1978 is the only version available.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Boccaccio, Giovanni. Dizionario geografico: De montibus, silvis, fontibus, lacubus, fluminibus, stagnis seu paludibus, et de nominibus maris. Translated by Nicolò Liburnio. Turin, Italy: Fogola, 1978.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This translation was originally published in Florence by Giunti in 1598 and is presented here with an introduction and notes and with a preface by Gian Franco Pasini.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The early still valuable study Hortis 1877 has been corrected in, and complemented by, Pastore Stocchi 1963.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Hortis, Attilio. Accenni alle scienze naturali nelle opere di Giovanni Boccacci e più particolarmente del libro De montibus, silvis etc. Trieste, Italy: Tipografia del Lloyd Austro-Ungarico, 1877.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Examines the De montibus, silvis, fontibus, lacubus, fluminibus, stagnis seu paludibus, et de nominibus maris with regard to the sources for Boccaccio’s knowledge of the natural sciences.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pastore Stocchi, Manlio. Tradizione medievale e gusto umanistico nel “De montibus” del Boccaccio. Padua, Italy: Casa Editrice Dott. A. Milani (CEDAM), 1963.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      An examination of this greatly overlooked work, treating Boccaccio’s rhetorical practices, his interest in geography, and his sources.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Epistole (Epistles) and Lettere (Letters)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Unlike Petrarch, Giovanni Boccaccio never made a collection of his letters. Of the twenty-four extant epistles (for example, in Latin), a few survive only in Italian translations made early on (those to Niccolò Acciaiuoli, Francesco Nelli, and Pino de’ Rossi). Two others (the letters) were written in Italian: to Francesco de’ Bardi (part of which is in Neapolitan dialect) and to Leonardo del Chiaro.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Massèra 1928 is still considered by many to provide the standard text of Giovanni Boccaccio’s Latin letters, which are not many and have a reasonably large number of manuscript witnesses. Ricci 1965 follows the Massèra 1928 edition. Chiecchi 1994 provides a fine critical edition of the letter to Pino de’ Rossi, surpassing the earlier texts Bruscoli 1940 and Ricci 1965. Following Sabatini 1982 and Abbondanza 1963, Auzzas 1992 furnishes a good text for the two Italian letters to Francesco de’ Bardi and Leonardo del Chiaro. Marti 1972 follows the texts provided in Ricci 1965, Abbondanza 1963, and Bruscoli 1940.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Abbondanza, Roberto. “Una lettera autografa del Boccaccio nell’Archivio di Stato di Perugia.” Studi sul Boccaccio 1 (1963): 5–13.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        An edition of the Italian letter in Boccaccio’s hand found in the State Archive in Perugia.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Auzzas, Ginetta, ed. “Epistole and Lettere.” In Tutte le opere di Giovanni Boccaccio, Vol. 5.1. Edited by Vittore Branca. Milan: Mondadori, 1992.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          For the twenty-four Latin epistles, Auzzas essentially follows Massèra 1928 but with an examination of the manuscript tradition, thus providing a reliable text with an extensive introduction, detailed notes, and an Italian translation. For the two Italian letters (to Francesco de’ Bardi and Leonardo del Chiaro), Auzzas follows Sabatini 1982 and Abbondanza 1963 and provides a reliable text with an extensive introduction and detailed notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Bruscoli, Nicola, ed. “Lettere.” In l’ameto, Lettere, Il corbaccio. Bari, Italy: Laterza, 1940.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Presents the text of two letters (to Francesco de’ Bardi and Pino de’ Rossi) with notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Chiecchi, Giuseppe, ed. “Consolatoria a Pino de’ Rossi.” In Tutte le opere di Giovanni Boccaccio, Vol. 5.2. Edited by Vittore Branca. Milan: Mondadori, 1994.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Presents a critical edition of the letter to Pino de’ Rossi, with a discussion of the manuscript tradition and extensive interpretive notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Marti, Mario, ed. “Lettere.” In Opere minori in volgare, Vol. 4. Milan: Rizzoli, 1972.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Following Ricci 1965, Marti presents the text of five letters (to Francesco de’ Bardi, Niccolò Acciaiuoli, Pino de’ Rossi, Francesco Nelli, and Leonardo del Chiaro) with interpretive notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Massèra, Aldo Francesco, ed. Epistolarum quae supersunt. In Opere latine minori. Edited by Aldo Francesco Massèra. Bari, Italy: Laterza, 1928.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Still considered by many to be the standard text, this volume provides a reliable text of the twenty-four letters with notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ricci, Pier Giorgio, ed. “Epistole.” In Opere in versi, Corbaccio, Trattatello in laude di Dante, prose latine, epistole. Edited by Pier Giorgio Ricci. Milan: Ricciardi, 1965.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Contains the texts of thirteen letters generally following Massèra 1928, with extensive philological and interpretive notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sabatini, Francesco. “Prospettive sul parlato nella storia linguistica italiana (con una lettera dell’ ‘Epistola napoletana’ del Boccaccio).” In Italia linguistica: Idee, storia, strutture. Edited by Federico Albano Leoni, Daniele Gambarara, Franco Lo Piparo, and Raffaele Simone, 167–201. Bologna, Italy: Mulino, 1982.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Provides a critical text and translation of Boccaccio’s “Neapolitan letter” (part of the letter to Francesco de’ Bardi) with insightful commentary and a bibliography.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      De Canaria (On the Canary Islands)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Written from 1341 to 1345, this work is an account of the voyage undertaken by the Genoese captain Niccolò da Recco and others to the Canary Islands, known in Antiquity as the Fortunate Isles, as well as a description of the islands and their inhabitants.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The standard edition is Pastore Stocchi 1992, based on the autograph manuscript, Banco Rari 50, known as the Zibaldone Magliabechiano and held in the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale in Florence.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Pastore Stocchi, Manlio, ed. and trans. “De Canaria.” In Tutte le opere di Giovanni Boccaccio, Vol. 5.1. Edited by Vittore Branca. Milan: Mondadori, 1992.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Provides a reliable edition with an extensive introduction, detailed notes, and an Italian translation.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cachey 1995 situates Giovanni Boccaccio’s work within the larger tradition of the topos of the Fortunate Isles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Cachey, Theodore J., Jr. Le isole fortunate: Appunti di storia letteraria italiana. Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider, 1995.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Examines the history of the Fortunate Isles in Italian medieval and Renaissance literature, with one chapter devoted to Petrarch and Boccaccio.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Vite di Petrarca, Pier Damiani, e Livio (Lives of Petrarch, Peter Damian, and Livy)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          These three short biographical sketches are interesting, especially the one devoted to Petrarch, written around 1348–1349, which provides insight into his physical and intellectual characteristics. The lives of Petrarch and Peter Damian are extant only in one manuscript (codex unicus).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Massèra 1928 and Fabbri 1992 editions are both reliable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Fabbri, Renata, ed. and trans. “Vite di Petrarca, Pier Damiani, e Livio.” In Tutte le opere di Giovanni Boccaccio, Vol. 5.1. Edited by Vittore Branca. Milan: Mondadori, 1992.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Provides a reliable edition of these texts with an extensive introduction, detailed notes, and an Italian translation.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Massèra, Aldo Francesco, ed. “Cenni intorno a Francesco Petrarca; Vita di san Pier Damiano; Cenni intorno a Tito Livio.” In Opere latine minori. Bari, Italy: Laterza, 1928.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Provides a reliable text of these short works of Boccaccio with notes. Electronic versions of these texts are online: Petrarch, Damian, Livy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Zibaldoni

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              These “notebooks” in Giovanni Boccaccio’s hand are in two Florentine libraries—the Biblioteca Mediceo-Laurenziana (MS 29.8 and Miscellanea 33.31) and the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale (Magliabechiano MS II.II.327; now Banco Rari 50)—and contain materials that shed light on a number of topics of interest to Boccaccio specialists.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Some of the texts in the Zibaldoni have been edited: an electronic version of Giovanni Boccaccio’s paraphrase of a Latin epitaph, known as the “Elegia di Costanza” (Elegy of Costanza) and found in Laurentian 29.8, is available online. The so-called “Allegoria mitologica” (Mythological allegory), also in Laurentian 29.8, is a very early work that presents Ovidian myths with moral interpretations. For the “Allegoria mitologica,” Massèra 1928 is sufficiently accurate, and it is followed rather closely in Pastore Stocchi 1994.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Boccaccio, Giovanni. Elegia di Costanza.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The text at Classici Italiani is based on another that is online. The site provides both a diplomatic and a critical text, an image of the manuscript, and bibliographical information concerning editions and criticism.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Massèra, Aldo Francesco, ed. “Allegoria mitologica.” In Opere latine minori. Edited by Aldo Francesco Massèra. Bari, Italy: Laterza, 1928.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Provides a reliable text of the youthful work of Boccaccio with notes. An electronic version is available online.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pastore Stocchi, Manlio, ed. and trans. “Allegoria mitologica.” In Tutte le opere di Giovanni Boccaccio, Vol. 5.2. Edited by Vittore Branca. Milan: Mondadori, 1994.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A reliable text with an Italian translation and notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Critical Commentaries

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Zibaldoni have been the subject of a major conference (Picone and Cazalé Bérard 1998) and an exhaustive bibliography (Aresti, et al. 1996).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Aresti, Cristina, Francesco Bianchi, and Antonio Magi Spinetti, comps. Bibliografia degli Zibaldoni di Boccaccio (1976–1995). Rome: Viella, 1996.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A valuable guide to the critical research done on Boccaccio’s Zibaldoni in the twenty-year period from 1976 to 1995.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Picone, Michelangelo, and Claude Cazalé Bérard, eds. Gli Zibaldoni di Boccaccio: Memoria, scrittura, riscrittura; Atti del seminario internazionale di Firenze-Certaldo, 26–28 aprile 1996. Florence, Italy: Franco Cesati, 1998.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Contains twenty-six essays, with indices, devoted to the topic of Boccaccio’s notebooks and specifically the light these codices shed on knowledge systems and Boccaccio’s library, writing systems, intertextuality, and rewriting strategies.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Boccaccio and Antiquity

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Giovanni Boccaccio’s knowledge of the ancient world was great, and it had a major shaping effect on his literary production. McGregor 1991a and McGregor 1991b survey this influence in some of his minor works in the vernacular. Gittes 2008 and Zaccaria 2001 treat his use of classical mythology. Hagedorn 2004 focuses on the subject of abandoned women from Antiquity through the Middle Ages, with pertinent investigations of Boccaccio’s works. Sanguineti White 1977 examines the precise influence of Apuleius on Boccaccio.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Gittes, Tobias Foster. Boccaccio’s Naked Muse: Eros, Culture, and the Mythopoeic Imagination. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Extensive investigation of Boccaccio’s reshaping of classical mythology in the service of his own myth making.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Hagedorn, Suzanne C. Abandoned Women: Rewriting the Classics in Dante, Boccaccio, and Chaucer. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2004.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Considers the question of abandoned women in medieval literature and how the stories of Ovid (Heroides) and Statius (Thebaid) were rewritten by Dante (Inferno), Boccaccio (Teseida, Amorosa visione, Elegia di madonna Fiammetta), and Geoffrey Chaucer (The Knight’s Tale, Troilus and Criseyde, The Legend of Good Women).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • McGregor, James H. The Image of Antiquity in Boccaccio’s Filocolo, Filostrato, and Teseida. New York: Peter Lang, 1991a.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Examines the representation of pre-Christian religious life—temples, altars, sacrifices, prayers, burials, and games—in these three works, which focus on the ancient world, demonstrating their great reliance on classical sources.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • McGregor, James H. The Shades of Aeneas: The Imitation of Vergil and the History of Paganism in Boccaccio’s Filostrato, Filocolo, and Teseida. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1991b.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Examines Boccaccio’s progressively active engagement with the classical world in these three works; indeed, McGregor describes the author as “a poet concerned with history, with the accurate depiction of details of Roman religion, with the imitation of Vergil, and ultimately with the condemnation of paganism and the exposure of its pretensions and spiritual limitations” (p. vii).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Sanguineti White, Laura. Apuleio e Boccaccio: Caratteri differenziali nella struttura narrativa del Decameron. Bologna, Italy: Italiane Moderne, 1977.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Apuleius and Boccaccio: Differential characteristics in the narrative structure of the Decameron. A comparative thematic and stylistic study of two tales in Apuleius’s Golden Ass (IX, iv–vii and xiv–xviii), which Boccaccio retold in the Decameron (5.10 and 7.2).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Zaccaria, Vittorio. Boccaccio narratore, storico, moralista e mitografo. Florence, Italy: Olschki, 2001.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Contains both previously published and new essays on the Latin works of Boccaccio, especially De mulieribus claris, De casibus virorum illustrium, Genealogia deorum gentilium libri.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Boccaccio and the Visual Arts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In addition to the Gathercole 1975 limited examination, the magisterial Branca 1999 represents a major contribution to a greater understanding of the illustrations of Giovanni Boccaccio’s works. Ricketts 1997 provides interesting analyses of artistic and cinematic representations of Boccaccio’s Decameron. Tournoy 1977 considers questions concerning Boccaccio and the arts, as does Battaglia Ricci 1987.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Battaglia Ricci, Lucia. Ragionare nel giardino: Boccaccio e i cicli pittorici del “Trionfo della morte.” Rome: Salerno Editrice, 1987.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      An insightful examination of the cornice, the “frame” of the Decameron, the topos of the locus amoenus (pleasant place), and the tales told by the group of young people, as well as a consideration of the fresco of the “Triumph of Death” in the Camposanto in Pisa as having had a decisive influence on Boccaccio’s conception of his work.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Boccaccio and Le Arti.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Provides information on various cultural events, including art exhibitions and musical performances sponsored by the Casa di Boccaccio in Certaldo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Branca, Vittore, ed. Boccaccio visualizzato: Narrare per parole e per immagini fra Medioevo e Rinascimento. 3 vols. Turin, Italy: Einaudi, 1999.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          These three volumes examine the great impact and influence that Boccaccio’s works had on the visual arts in terms of both illustrative materials in manuscripts and printed editions and independent works of art inspired, directly or indirectly, by the literary texts. They present a wealth of information about the interaction of text and image and about the purpose, design, and function of representational art in the long and varied history of the reception of Boccaccio’s works over more than half a millennium.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Gathercole, Patricia M. Tension in Boccaccio: Boccaccio and the Fine Arts. University, MS: Romance Monographs, 1975.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Presents an overview of the relationship between Boccaccio and the arts and of the illustrations of Boccaccio’s works; contains many plates.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Ricketts, Jill M. Visualizing Boccaccio: Studies on Illustrations of the Decameron, from Giotto to Pasolini. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Contains five chapters treating various ways of illustrating the Decameron from medieval and Renaissance illuminators and artists (Giotto, Botticelli) to modern filmmakers (Pier Paolo Pasolini).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Tournoy, Gilbert, ed. Boccaccio in Europe: Proceedings of the Boccaccio Conference, Louvain, December 1975. Louvain, Belgium: Louvain University Press, 1977.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Contains fourteen essays on the fortune and reception of Boccaccio in European literature and art.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Boccaccio and Cinema

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Giovanni Boccaccio’s works, particularly the Decameron, have provided the inspiration for film directors (for example, Pier Paolo Pasolini). Rumble 1996, Villani 2004, and Blandeau 2006 provide valuable analyses of Pasolini’s cinematic adaptation of the Decameron.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Blandeau, Agnès. Pasolini, Chaucer, and Boccaccio: Two Medieval Texts and Their Translation to Film. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2006.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Examines the ways Pier Paolo Pasolini adapted Boccaccio’s Decameron and Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for cinema.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Rumble, Patrick. Allegories of Contamination: Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Trilogy of Life. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1996.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Contains a chapter on Pasolini’s adaptation of the Decameron.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Villani, Simone. Il Decameron allo specchio: Il film di Pasolini come saggio sull’opera di Boccaccio. Rome: Donzelli, 2004.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Examines the relationship between the Decameron and the film version of the work by Pasolini.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Literary Reception

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Giovanni Boccaccio’s works, particularly the Decameron, have had a wide-ranging influence on literary production both in Italy and in other countries.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      One of the most imitated stories in the Decameron is that of Griselda (Day 10, Tale 10), and Morabito 1988 and Morabito 1990 are two collections of essays devoted to the diffusion of this tale in Europe. Caporello-Szykman 1990 treats the development of the novella genre in the later Middle Ages and the Renaissance, beginning with Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron. The collection of essays in Hernández Esteban 2001 is concerned with the general influence of Boccaccio on Spanish literature (Castillian and Catalonian), whereas D’Antuono 1983 treats one writer’s—Lope de Vega’s—borrowings from the Decameron.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Caporello-Szykman, Corradina. The Boccaccian Novella: Creation and Waning of a Genre. New York: Peter Lang, 1990.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Provides a synthetic overview of the medieval and Renaissance novella, with special emphasis on the characteristics of Boccaccio’s consummate artistry as demonstrated in this new genre.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • D’Antuono, Nancy L. Boccaccio’s “Novelle” in the Theater of Lope de Vega. Madrid: José Porrúa Turanzas, 1983.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Examines eight plays by Lope de Vega whose plots are derived from Boccaccio’s Decameron.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Hernández Esteban, María, ed. La recepción de Boccaccio en España: Actas del Seminario Internacional Complutense (18–20 de octubre de 2000). Madrid: Servicio de Publicaciones Universidad Complutense, 2001.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Contains twenty-five essays distributed among the following topics: the general presence and influence of Boccaccio in Europe, the fifth tale of the fourth day of the Decameron, translations of Boccaccio’s works, reception in Castille, and reception in Catalonia. Also included is a comprehensive bibliography of works on the general topic of Boccaccio in Spain published from 1975 to 2000.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Morabito, Raffaele, ed. La circolazione dei temi e degli intrecci narrativi: Il caso Griselda; Atti del convegno di studi, L’Aquila, 3–4 dicembre 1986. L’Aquila, Italy: Japadre Editore, 1988.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Contains ten essays that discuss the story of Griselda (Decameron 10.10) in its Italian and European literary contexts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Morabito, Raffaele, ed. Griselda 2: La storia di Griselda in Europa; Atti del Convegno “Modi dell’intertestualità: La storia di Griselda in Europa,” L’Aquila, 12–14 maggio 1988. L’Aquila-Rome: Japadre Editore, 1990.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Contains eighteen essays that survey the manifestations of the Griselda story in a wide range of European literatures (Irish, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Icelandic, Danish, Polish).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wright 1957 surveys Giovanni Boccaccio’s general impact on English literature from the Middle Ages through the 19th century, whereas Bronfman 1994 looks at the tale of Griselda and its fortune in English literature from Geoffrey Chaucer to the early 21st century.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Bronfman, Judith. Chaucer’s Clerk’s Tale: The Griselda Story Received, Rewritten, Illustrated. New York: Garland, 1994.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Examines the story of Griselda (Decameron 10.10) in its various retellings—by Geoffrey Chaucer and how his rewriting in The Clerk’s Tale was retold by other English writers up to the 20th century—and in its illustrative tradition from the 15th through the 19th centuries.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Wright, Herbert G. Boccacio in England, from Chaucer to Tennyson. London: University of London, Athlone, 1957.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Provides a narrative account of Boccaccio’s reception in and influence on English literature, arranged in six chapters: one each to the Latin works and to the minor works in Italian and four to the Decameron divided by century—14th–16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th. Also includes an index.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Boccaccio and Chaucer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Scholarship on the influence of Giovanni Boccaccio on Geoffrey Chaucer is vast, but the titles listed here give some sense of the question and topics treated. The general outlines of this influence are traced in Boitani 1983, Edwards 2002, Ginsberg 2002, and Wallace 1985. The Correale and Hamel 2005, Koff and Schildgen 2000, and Thompson 1996 volumes treat the specific question of the influence of the Decameron on The Canterbury Tales, whereas Havely 1980 focuses on the influence of some of the minor works on Chaucer’s literary production.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Boitani, Piero, ed. Chaucer and the Italian Trecento. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1983.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Contains twelve essays, eight of which treat the influence of Boccaccio’s works on Chaucer, with an introduction, bibliography, and index.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Correale, Robert M., and Mary Hamel, eds. Sources and Analogues of the Canterbury Tales. 2 vols. Woodbridge, UK: Brewer, 2005.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Presents extensive primary texts with English translations of the various sources for each of tales of The Canterbury Tales, with introductions and notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Edwards, Robert R. Chaucer and Boccaccio: Antiquity and Modernity. New York: Palgrave, 2002.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Examines the intertextuality, both poetic and historical, of Boccaccio and Chaucer and in particular the latter’s cultural understanding of Antiquity and modernity.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ginsberg, Warren. Chaucer’s Italian Tradition. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Examines the multifaceted influence of Boccaccio on Chaucer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Havely, N. R., ed. and trans. Chaucer’s Boccaccio: Sources of Troilus and the Knight’s and Franklin’s Tales. Totowa, NJ: Rowman and Littlefield, 1980.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Presents an English translation of selections from those texts by Boccaccio (Filostrato, Teseida, Filocolo) that Chaucer may have known and used for Troilus, The Knight’s Tale, and The Franklin’s Tale, with an introduction, notes, and bibliography.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Koff, Leonard Michael, and Brenda Deen Schildgen, eds. The “Decameron” and “The Canterbury Tales”: New Essays on an Old Question. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2000.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Contains ten essays that are concerned with the relationship between Boccaccio and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Thompson, N. S. Chaucer, Boccaccio, and the Debate of Love: A Comparative Study of the “Decameron” and “The Canterbury Tales.” Oxford: Clarendon, 1996.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  An extensive analysis of the relationship between the Decameron and The Canterbury Tales, with some attention given to other works of Boccaccio.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Wallace, David. Chaucer and the Early Writings of Boccaccio. Woodbridge, UK: Brewer, 1985.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Examines a number of Boccaccio’s early works (especially Amorosa visione, Filocolo, Filostrato) for their influence on Chaucer’s works (The House of Fame, Troilus, The Canterbury Tales).

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