English and Italian Literature From Dante to Shakespeare: A Study of Source, Analogue and Divergence / Edition 1

English and Italian Literature From Dante to Shakespeare: A Study of Source, Analogue and Divergence / Edition 1

by Robin Kirkpatrick
     
 

ISBN-10: 0582065585

ISBN-13: 9780582065581

Pub. Date: 06/09/1995

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This is the first comprehensive critical comparison of English and Italian literature from the three centuries from Dante to Shakespeare. It begins by examining Chaucer's relationship with Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio, and then looks at similar relationships within the areas of humanist education, lyric poetry, the epic, theatrical comedy, the short story and the

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This is the first comprehensive critical comparison of English and Italian literature from the three centuries from Dante to Shakespeare. It begins by examining Chaucer's relationship with Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio, and then looks at similar relationships within the areas of humanist education, lyric poetry, the epic, theatrical comedy, the short story and the pastoral drama. It provides a detailed comparison of major works from both traditions including descriptive and critical readings of Italian works. It shows why English writers valued such works and demonstrates the ways in which they departed from or tried to outdo the Italian original. Assuming no prior knowledge of Italy or Italian literary history, this book introduces the student and general reader to one of the most important and fascinating phases in European literary history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780582065581
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/09/1995
Series:
Longman Medieval and Renaissance Library Series
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
5.45(w) x 8.49(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction1
Ch. 1Chaucer and the Italians24
Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio
Dante and Chaucer: The House of Fame and The Canterbury Tales
Chaucer and Petrarch
Chaucer and Boccaccio
Troilus and Criseyde
Ch. 2Education and politics, 1350-155080
The Italian example: Coluccio Salutati and Guarino
Two English humanists: John Free and John Tiptoft
A second phase of humanism: philosophy and Greek in England and Italy
Machiavelli and Castiglione
Hoby, Elyot and the Italian tradition
Ch. 3Humanism and poetry116
Wyatt, Petrarch, Alamanni and Aretino
Sidney and Petrarch
Sidney, Sannazaro and Arcadia
Ch. 4The Renaissance epic155
The theory of the epic romance in Ariosto and Tasso
Ariosto and Harington
Fairfax and the Gerusalemme Liberata
The response of Sidney and Spenser
Ch. 5Comedy in the Renaissance193
The development of Italian comedy
Bibbiena's La Calandria
Machiavelli's Mandragola and Giordano Bruno's Candelaio
George Gascoigne's Supposes and Ariosto's I Suppositi
Ch. 6The novella in Italy and England224
Cinthio and Bandello
The English novella collections: Fenton, Whetstone and Painter
Webster and the idiom of the novella
Ch. 7Pastoral experiment in the plays of Guarini, Marston and Fletcher254
The theory and practice of mixed forms in Cinthio and Guarini
Pastoral tragi-comedy in Marston and Fletcher
Ch. 8Shakespeare and Italy277
The Italy of Shakespeare's comedy: The Taming of the Shrew and The Merchant of Venice
Experiments in mixed genres: All's Well That Ends Well, Troilus and Cressida and Measure for Measure
Cymbeline and the pastoral
Othello and Dante's Vita nuova
Select Bibliography311
Index324

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