French and Italian | BOCCACCIO
M825 | 27885 | Storey, H. Wayne


Beyond the Decameron, Boccaccio’s greatest influence resides in his
scholarship and his activities as a copyist and an editor. Today we
read the three corone very much through the interpretative filter of
Boccaccio’s historical and material formulations. His cultural
entrepreneurship stretched both back into classical and medieval
literature and forward into the textual and scholarly advances of
Dionigi di Borgo San Sepolcro, Zanobi da Strada, and Petrarch. This
seminar investigates Boccaccio’s multiple and diverse cultural roles
from his early studies and transcriptions of classical authors and
Dante in the 1330s and ‘40s, his theories of literature, culture and
“text” in his own works, and his final scholarly-editorial
masterpieces in his redaction of the Decameron, his Genealogia deorum
gentilium, and his unfinished Esposizioni sopra la Comedia. The course
will be coordinated with a one-day colloquium on new methods in
Boccaccio studies at IU.