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

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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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Chaucer and the Italians 24
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. 2 Education and politics, 1350-1550 80
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. 3 Humanism and poetry 116
Wyatt, Petrarch, Alamanni and Aretino
Sidney and Petrarch
Sidney, Sannazaro and Arcadia
Ch. 4 The Renaissance epic 155
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. 5 Comedy in the Renaissance 193
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. 6 The novella in Italy and England 224
Cinthio and Bandello
The English novella collections: Fenton, Whetstone and Painter
Webster and the idiom of the novella
Ch. 7 Pastoral experiment in the plays of Guarini, Marston and Fletcher 254
The theory and practice of mixed forms in Cinthio and Guarini
Pastoral tragi-comedy in Marston and Fletcher
Ch. 8 Shakespeare and Italy 277
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 Bibliography 311
Index 324
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