Petrarch in Britain : interpreters, imitators, and translators over 700 years
- edited by Peter Hainsworth, Martin McLaughlin.
- Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2007.
- Physical description
- xiv, 370 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
- Proceedings of the British Academy 146.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- I : PETRARCH'S BRITAIN--
- 1. Petrarch and the barbari Britanni-- II: PETRARCH AND THE SELF--
- 2. Petrarch solitarius--
- 3. The Ethics of Ignorance: Petrarch's Epicurus and Averroes and the Structures of the De Sui Ipsius et Aliorum Ignorantia--
- 4. Petrarch's Second (and Third) Death-- III: PETRARCH IN DIALOGUE--
- 5. Poets and Heroes in Petrarch's Africa: Classical and Medieval Sources--
- 6. Petrarch reading Dante: the Ascent of Mont Ventoux (Familiares IV.1)--
- 7. Petrarch and Cino da Pistoia: A Moment in the Pre-history of the Canzoniere-- IV: PETRARCHISM AND ANTIPETRARCHISM IN ITALY--
- 8. Petrarch and the Italian Reformation--
- 9. Petrarch, Sidney, Bruno--
- 10. Renaissance Misogyny and the Rejection of Petrarch--
- 11. Impersonations of Laura in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Italy-- V: PETRARCHISM: ENGLISH AND SCOTTISH CONNECTIONS--
- 12. Other Petrarchs in Early Modern England--
- 13. Thomas Watson's Hekatompathia and European Petrarchism--
- 14. The Comedy of Astrophil: Petrarchan Motifs in Sidney's Astrophil and Stella--
- 15. Sidney, Spenser and Political Petrarchism--
- 16. Petrarch and the Scottish Renaissance Sonnet-- VI: PETRARCH AND THE MODERNS: ITALY AND BRITAIN--
- 17. Leopardi and Petrarch--
- 18. Between Tradition and Transgression: Amelia Rosselli's Petrarch--
- 19. Nineteenth-century British Biographies of Petrarch--
- 20. Translating Petrarch.
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Petrarch was Italy's second most famous writer (after Dante), and indeed from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries he was much better known and more influential in English literature than Dante. His Italian love lyrics constituted the major influence on European love poetry for at least two centuries from 1400 to 1600, and in Britain he was imitated by Chaucer, the Elizabethans, and other lyric poets up until the end of the eighteenth century. With Romanticism Dante ousted Petrarch from his pre-eminent position, but in our post-Romantic age, attention has now started to swing back to Petrarch. This volume is the most comprehensive and up to date survey of Petrarch's literary legacy in Britain. Starting with his own views of those whom he called the 'barbari Britanni', the volume then explores a number of key topics: Petrarch's analysis of the self; his dialogue with other classical and Italian authors; Petrarchism and anti-Petrarchism in Renaissance Italy; Petrarchism in England and Scotland; and Petrarch's modern legacy in both Italy and Britain. Many important texts and poets are considered, including Giordano Bruno, Leopardi, Foscolo, Ascham, Sidney, Spenser, and Walter Savage Landor. The twenty chapters collected here are written by major scholars of Petrarch in the UK and Italy and will be essential reading for scholars and students of both Italian and British literature, as well as comparative literature.
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- Publication date
- Proceedings of the British Academy ; no. 146
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