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Imagining the Woman Reader in the Age of Dante
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Imagining the Woman Reader in the Age of Dante

Elena Lombardi

Abstract

The literature of the Italian Due- and Trecento frequently calls into play the figure of a woman reader. From Guittone d’Arezzo’s piercing critic, the ‘villainous woman’, to the mysterious Lady who bids Guido Cavalcanti to write his grand philosophical song, to Dante’s female co-editors in the Vita Nova and his great characters of female readers, such as Francesca and Beatrice in the Comedy, all the way to Boccaccio’s overtly female audience, this particular sort of interlocutor appears to be central to the construct of textuality and the construction of literary authority in these times. The ... More

Keywords: Boccaccio, Dante, female readers, medieval Italian literature, vernacular authority

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198818960
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198818960.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elena Lombardi, author
Associate Professor of Italian, University of Oxford and Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford