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Boccaccio : Decameron - David J. Wallace

Paperback Published: 11th November 1991
ISBN: 9780521388511
Number Of Pages: 132

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In Boccaccio's innovative text ten young people leave Florence to escape the Black Death of 1348, and organize their collective life in the countryside through the pleasure and discipline of storytelling. David Wallace guides the reader through their one hundred novelle, which explore both new and familiar conflicts with unprecendented subtlety, urgency and humor: everything from the struggle for domestic space, fought out between individual men and women, to the greater politics of the Mediterranean world where Christian and Arab meet. He emphasizes the relationship between the Decameron and the precocious proto-capitalist culture of Boccaccio's Florence. He also discusses gender issues and the influence of the text, particularly on Chaucer and on the novel.

The Making of the Decameron
The Decameron as a landmark of world literature
Boccaccio, Naples and Florence before the Decameron
The Decameron
Title and preface
First Day (Introduction)
the plague
the mise-en-scene
First Day: the saint's life and the powers of language
Second Day: fortune, female character and the impulse to trade
Third Day: sex, voice and morals
Fourth Day (introduction): Boccaccio's apology for Florentine prose
Fourth Day: love and feudal aristocracy
Fifth Day: romance, class difference, social negotiation
Sixth Day: Florentine society and associational form
Seventh Day: controlling domestic space
Eighth Day: the scholar and the widow
Ninth Day: the mystery of Calandrino
Tenth Day: magnificance and myths of power
The return to Florence and the author's conclusion
After the Decameron: Guide to further reading
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521388511
ISBN-10: 0521388511
Series: Landmarks of World Literature (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 132
Published: 11th November 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.02 x 12.85  x 1.04
Weight (kg): 0.14