Decameron Fourth Day in Perspective

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Michael Sherberg
University of Toronto Press, Nov 10, 2020 - Literary Criticism - 232 pages

This volume, part of the Lectura Boccacccii series organized by the American Boccaccio Association, offers close readings by top scholars of Day Four of the Decameron. As fans of the Decameron know, the Fourth Day opens with an important intervention in which the author defends his project against his critics, which coincides with a significant change in tone as the subject matter turns to stories with unhappy endings. The contributors approach the stories from a variety of perspectives, including the linguistic, philosophical, anthropological, and literary historical. These fresh readings of stories that are nearly seven hundred years old testify to the enduring power of Boccaccio's masterpiece to speak to new audiences and to find compelling relevance even at a great distance from its immediate medieval context.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Love Latinity and Aging in the Introduction to Day Four
10
Senile Recidivism Incest and Egotism in Decameron IV1
22
Incarnation in Venice IV2
45
The Tale of the Three IllStarred Sisters IV3
59
Love Heroism and Masculinity in the Tale of Gerbino IV4
73
The Tale of Lisabetta da Messina IV5
86
The Dream of the Shadow IV6
107
Spinning Yarns in Decameron IV7
124
Girolamos Wicked Mother and the Setback of Reason in Taming Lovesickness IV8
145
How the vida of Guilhem de Cabestanh quasi tutta si disfece IV9
157
Happy Endings IV10
181
Bibliography
197
Contributors
213
Index
217
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Michael Sherberg is a former president of the American Boccaccio Association, and erstwhile chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Washington University.

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