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The Cambridge Companion to Petrarch

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Albert Russell Ascoli, Unn Falkeid, Theodore J. Cachey, Jr, Hannah Chapelle Wojciehowski, Peter Hainsworth, Luca Marcozzi, Ullrich Langer, Zygmunt G. Barański, Ronald L. Martinez, Victoria Kahn, Gur Zak, Olivia Holmes, David Marsh, Timothy Kircher, Stefano Jossa, Ann Rosalind Jones, William J. Kennedy, Giuseppe Mazzotta
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  • Date Published: November 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107006140

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  • Petrarch (Francesco Petrarca, 1304–74), best known for his influential collection of Italian lyric poetry dedicated to his beloved Laura, was also a remarkable classical scholar, a deeply religious thinker and a philosopher of secular ethics. In this wide-ranging study, chapters by leading scholars view Petrarch's life through his works, from the epic Africa to the Letter to Posterity, from the Canzoniere to the vernacular epic Triumphi. Petrarch is revealed as the heir to the converging influences of classical cultural and medieval Christianity, but also to his great vernacular precursor, Dante, and his friend, collaborator and sly critic, Boccaccio. Particular attention is given to Petrach's profound influence on the Humanist movement and on the courtly cult of vernacular love poetry, while raising important questions as to the validity of the distinction between medieval and modern and what is lost in attempting to classify this elusive figure.

    • Reveals the full importance of this scholar and poet in his time and for posterity
    • Covers the principal aspects of Petrarch's oeuvre, including early and late works, Italian and vernacular, prose and poetry
    • Demonstrates Petrarch's influential practice of resuscitating and revising the relationship of late medieval, early modern European culture to its classical past
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    • Date Published: November 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107006140
    • length: 294 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Chronology
    Introduction Albert Russell Ascoli and Unn Falkeid
    Part I. Lives of Petrarch:
    1. Poetry in motion Theodore J. Cachey, Jr
    2. Petrarch and his friends Hannah Chapelle Wojciehowski
    Part II. Petrarch's Works: Italian:
    3. Rerum Vulgarium Fragmenta: structure and narrative Peter Hainsworth
    4. Making the Rerum Vulgarium Fragmenta Luca Marcozzi
    5. Petrarch's Singular Love Lyric Ullrich Langer
    6. The Triumphi Zygmunt G. Barański
    Part III. Petrarch's Works: Latin:
    7. The Latin hexameter works Ronald L. Martinez
    8. The defense of poetry in the Secretum Victoria Kahn
    9. De Vita Solitaria and De Otio Religioso: the perspective of the guest Unn Falkeid
    10. Epistolary Petrarch Albert Russell Ascoli
    Part IV. Petrarch's Interlocutors:
    11. Petrarch and the Ancients Gur Zak
    12. Petrarch and the vernacular Lyric past Olivia Holmes
    13. Petrarch's adversaries: the Invectives David Marsh
    Part V. Petrarch's Afterlife:
    14. Petrarch and the Humanists Timothy Kircher
    15. Bembo and Italian Petrarchism Stefano Jossa
    16. Female Petrarchists Ann Rosalind Jones
    17. Spanish, French, and English Petrarchism William J. Kennedy
    Part VI. Conclusion:
    18. Petrarch's confrontation with modernity Giuseppe Mazzotta
    Guide to further reading.

  • Editors

    Albert Russell Ascoli, University of California, Berkeley
    Albert Russell Ascoli is Gladyce Arata Terrill Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. His publications include Ariosto's Bitter Harmony: Crisis and Evasion in the Italian Renaissance (1987), Making and Remaking Italy: The Cultivation of National Identity around the Risorgimento (co-edited with Krystyna von Henneberg, 2001), Dante and the Making of a Modern Author (Cambridge, 2008) and A Local Habitation, and a Name: Imagining Histories in the Italian Renaissance (2011). He is co-founder and volume editor of the electronic journal, California Italian Studies.

    Unn Falkeid, Stockholms Universitet
    Unn Falkeid is Research Fellow at the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, affiliated to the Department of Culture and Aesthetics, Stockholm University. She is the author of Petrarca og det moderne selvet (Petrarch and the Modern Self, 2007), the editor of Dante. A Critical Reappraisal (2008) and the co-editor of Rethinking Gaspara Stampa in the Canon of Renaissance Poetry (with Aileen A. Feng, 2015).

    Contributors

    Albert Russell Ascoli, Unn Falkeid, Theodore J. Cachey, Jr, Hannah Chapelle Wojciehowski, Peter Hainsworth, Luca Marcozzi, Ullrich Langer, Zygmunt G. Barański, Ronald L. Martinez, Victoria Kahn, Gur Zak, Olivia Holmes, David Marsh, Timothy Kircher, Stefano Jossa, Ann Rosalind Jones, William J. Kennedy, Giuseppe Mazzotta

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