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Building a Monument to Dante

Boccaccio as Dantista

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Hardback

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Building a Monument to Dante by Jason Houston
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The shadow of Dante Alighieri looms large in the works of Giovanni Boccaccio, and yet the full extent of Boccaccio's relationship to Dante remains largely unexplored. Building a Monument to Dante employs literary analysis coupled with philological and historical evidence to argue that Boccaccio's multifaceted work as Dante's editor, biographer, apologist, and commentator created a literary figure that could support Boccaccio's poetic and political ideologies. Jason Houston finds in Boccaccio's biographical writings a strong condemnation of Florentine politics and a harsh critique of Petrarch's political isolation, distinguishing Boccaccio's political and intellectual positions from those of both Dante and Petrarch. Reading the Trattatello in Laude di Dante and other writings as works intended to promote Dante as a brilliant political exemplum to the city of Florence, Houston discovers the processes by which Boccaccio constructed an image of Dante that continues to influence the way that readers understand the poet's life and works.

Author Biography

Jason Houston is an assistant professor in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Oklahoma.
Release date Australia
May 29th, 2010
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Country of Publication
Canada
Imprint
University of Toronto Press
Pages
272
Dimensions
163x236x24
ISBN-13
9781442640511
Product ID
3957204

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