By Kristina Marie Olson
In Courtesy Lost, Kristina M. Olson analyses the literary effect of the social, political, and monetary adjustments of the fourteenth century via an exploration of Dante’s literary and political impact on Boccaccio. The e-book finds how Boccaccio rewrote the previous during the lens of the Commedia, torn among nostalgia for elite households in decline and the necessity to advertise morality and magnanimity in the Florentine Republic.
By interpreting the passages in Boccaccio’s Decameron, De casibus, and Esposizioni within which the writer rewrites moments in Florentine and Italian historical past that had additionally seemed in Dante’s Commedia, Olson illuminates the ways that Boccaccio expressed his deep ambivalence in the direction of the political and social adjustments of his period. She illustrates this via an research of Dante’s and Boccaccio’s remedies of the assumption of courtesy, or cortesia, in an period whilst the chivalry of the declining aristocracy was once being supplanted via the civility of the emerging service provider classes.
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Courtesy Lost: Dante, Boccaccio, and the Literature of History (Toronto Italian Studies) by Kristina Marie Olson