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Literary Criticism Italian

The Decameron Third Day in Perspective

edited by Francesco Ciabattoni & Pier Massimo Forni

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2014
Italian, Renaissance, General
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Divided into ten days of ten novellas each, Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron is one of the literary gems of the fourteenth century. The ‘Decameron’ Third Day in Perspective is an interpretive guide to the stories of the text’s Third Day. For each novella, a distinguished Boccaccio scholar offers an essay that both reviews the current scholarly literature and advances new and intriguing interpretations of the work. The whole collection reflects the series’s guiding principle of examining the text “in perspective,” revealing the connections among the novellas, the Days, and the framing narrative that holds the whole Decameron together.

The second of the University of Toronto Press’s interpretive guides to Boccaccio’s Decameron, this collection forms part of an ambitious project to examine the entire Decameron, Day by Day.

About the authors

Francesco Ciabattoni is an associate professor of Italian at Georgetown University.

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Pier Massimo Forni is a professor of Italian literature at Johns Hopkins University.

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Editorial Reviews

‘The volume offers a rich array of methodological approaches, including those based on allegory, historicist perception, and economic history. Ultimately these approaches are successful and offer unique vantage points on the tales of Day Three.’

Annali d'Italianistica Vol 33:2015

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