The Decameron Sixth Day in Perspective

Edited by David Lummus

© 2021

The Sixth Day of Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron marks a new beginning. Its first story is the structural centre of the one hundred tales and signals the start of the day’s reflection on the power of the word as the fundamental building block of human communication. This collection gathers together readings of each of the ten stories in Day Six of the Decameron – the shortest of the entire work. Featuring a diverse group of literary scholars whose expertise is not limited to Boccaccio studies, the collection offers both comprehensive accounts of the tales and new interpretations of their significance. A major contribution to the study of the Decameron, it will also serve as an excellent starting point for new readers of Boccaccio’s masterpiece.

The readings demonstrate how Boccaccio engaged in rethinking or elaborating on the heritage of Western literature and thought, including the Bible; the works of Dante; the Roman literary, rhetorical, and legal tradition; the writings of the Church Fathers; and the ideas of scholastic theologians. These lecturae employ a range of methodologies that account for both historical and theoretical issues in their engagement with Boccaccio's poetic and ethical project in the Decameron.

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  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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The expert readings in this collection explore the ten stories of Day Six of Boccaccio's Decameron – a day that involves meditations on language, narration, and meaning

The Decameron Sixth Day in Perspective

Edited by David Lummus

© 2021

The Sixth Day of Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron marks a new beginning. Its first story is the structural centre of the one hundred tales and signals the start of the day’s reflection on the power of the word as the fundamental building block of human communication. This collection gathers together readings of each of the ten stories in Day Six of the Decameron – the shortest of the entire work. Featuring a diverse group of literary scholars whose expertise is not limited to Boccaccio studies, the collection offers both comprehensive accounts of the tales and new interpretations of their significance. A major contribution to the study of the Decameron, it will also serve as an excellent starting point for new readers of Boccaccio’s masterpiece.

The readings demonstrate how Boccaccio engaged in rethinking or elaborating on the heritage of Western literature and thought, including the Bible; the works of Dante; the Roman literary, rhetorical, and legal tradition; the writings of the Church Fathers; and the ideas of scholastic theologians. These lecturae employ a range of methodologies that account for both historical and theoretical issues in their engagement with Boccaccio's poetic and ethical project in the Decameron.

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Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    David Lummus is co-director of the Center for Italian Studies and the Devers Family Program in Dante Studies and a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Notre Dame.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction         
    David Lummus

    1. The Tale of Madonna Oretta (VI.1)      
    Teresa Kennedy

    2. The Tale of Cisti the Baker (VI.2)       
    Giulia Cardillo

    3. The Tale of Nonna de’ Pulci (VI.3)      
    Guyda Armstrong

    4. The Tale of Chichibio and the Crane (VI.4)     
    James C. Kriesel

    5. The Tale of Forese da Rabatta and Giotto (VI.5)  
    Zygmunt G. Barański

    6. The Tale of Michele Scalza (VI.6)    
    Peter Carravetta

    7. The Tale of Madonna Filippa (VI.7)     
    Bernardo Piciché

    8. The Tale of Cesca and the Mirror (VI.8)  
    Aileen A. Feng

    9. The Tale of Cavalcanti’s Leap (VI.9) 
    Maria Lettiero (translated by Nicole Gounalis)

    10. The Tale of Frate Cipolla (VI.10) 
    Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin

    Bibliography 

    Contributors

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