Literary Imitation in the Italian Renaissance: The Theory and Practice of Literary Imitation in Italy from Dante to Bembo

Literary Imitation in the Italian Renaissance: The Theory and Practice of Literary Imitation in Italy from Dante to Bembo

by Martin L. McLaughlin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198158998

ISBN-13: 9780198158998

Pub. Date: 06/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The concept of imitatio - the imitation of classical and vernacular texts - was the dominant critical and creative principle in Italian Renaissance literature. Linked to modern notions of intertextuality, imitation has been much discussed recently, but this is the first book to offer a comprehensive survey of Italian Renaissance ideas on imitation, covering both…  See more details below

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The concept of imitatio - the imitation of classical and vernacular texts - was the dominant critical and creative principle in Italian Renaissance literature. Linked to modern notions of intertextuality, imitation has been much discussed recently, but this is the first book to offer a comprehensive survey of Italian Renaissance ideas on imitation, covering both theory and practice, and both Latin and vernacular works. Martin McLaughlin charts the emergence of the idea, in vague terms in Dante, then in Petrarch's more precise reconstruction of classical imitatio, before concentrating on the major writers of the Quattrocento. Some chapters deal with key humanists, such as Lorenzo Valla and Pico della Mirandola, while others discuss each of the major vernacular figures in the debate, including Leonardo Bruni, Leon Battista Alberti, Angelo Poliziano, and Pietro Bembo. For the first time scholars and students have an up-to-date account of the development of Ciceronianism in both Latin and the vernacular before 1530, and the book provides fresh insights into some of the canonical works of Italian literature from Dante to Bembo.

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ISBN-13:
9780198158998
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Series:
Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs Series
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.95(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Pt. 1The Trecento9
1Dante11
2Petrarch22
3Boccaccio49
4Coluccio Salutati67
Pt. 2The Early Quattrocento79
5Leonardo Bruni81
6Humanist Educators98
7The Dispute between Poggio and Valla126
Pt. 3Vernacular Humanism147
8Leon Battista Alberti149
9Cristoforo Landino167
Pt. 4The Major Disputes Around 1500185
10The Dispute between Poliziano and Cortesi187
11The Dispute between The Elder Pico and Barbaro228
12The Dispute between Giovan Francesco Pico and Bembo249
Conclusion275
Bibliography279
Index297

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