Boccaccio's "Decameron": Rewriting the Christian Middle Ages and the Lyric Tradition (Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies #548) (Paperback)

Boccaccio's

Boccaccio's "Decameron": Rewriting the Christian Middle Ages and the Lyric Tradition (Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies #548) (Paperback)

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This study develops a new interpretation of The Decameron, Giovanni Boccaccio’s masterpiece, which has found new popularity in the wake of COVID. Dino S. Cervigni offers an inclusive and novel reading of the collection, theorizing that the first ninety tales offer a parodic rewriting of the Christian Middle Age, while the last ten tales craft a reconstruction of society based on human and liberal principles such as generosity and sacrifice. 

Still relevant to this day, The Decameron offers a notable description of the bubonic plague of 1348 which devastated Western Europe—drawing striking parallels with the current global pandemic. Furthermore, Boccaccio’s concluding message applies to all of us in the present moment, plunged as we are into a world of intellectual and ethical chaos, exhorting us to practice forgiveness, compassion, tolerance, mutual acceptance, and generous open-mindedness. No other book on The Decameron offers such a relevant, up-to-date reading of the classic work.

Dino S. Cervigni is professor emeritus of Romance languages and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of Annali d’italianistica and is the author of numerous books, including Dante’s Poetry of Dreams.
Product Details ISBN: 9780866986069
ISBN-10: 0866986065
Publisher: ACMRS Press
Publication Date: January 8th, 2021
Pages: 554
Series: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies