French And Italian | Transition in the Italian 14th Century
M603 | 2586 | Storey


Topic: From Medieval to Early Humanist Literary Culture.  This course
traces the movement from the Scholastic literary and scribal culture
of the early Trecento to the reforms of Boccaccio and Petrarch and the
treatment of those reforms in the late 14th century. Topics will
include the early diffusion of and critical response to Dante's
Commedia, Rime, and the Vita Nova; Niccolò de' Rossi's Canzoniere
(Vat. Barberiniano Lat 3953); the response to stilnovismo; Andrea
Lancia's career and popular influence as translator and commentator of
the classics (especially the Aeneid in Feltrinelli 174 and his "ottimo
commento" in Riccardiano 1004), the popular traditions of Trecento
chroniclers, Boccaccio as scribe, editor, and author (especially in
Toledano 104.6 and his late holograph Hamilton 90); Petrarch's
literary and cultural vision and reforms (from the earliest entries in
his Latino 3196 to his last revisions of the Rerum vulgarium fragmenta
in Latino 3195 and of the Trionfi in the late Casanatense 924); and
the response of late 14th-century Venetian and Paduan humanists to
Petrarch's opus and textual reforms.