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The Italian Romance Epic in the Age of Humanism: The Matter of Italy and the World of Rome

Jane E. Everson


The immense success of the Italian romance or chivalric epic between the mid-14th century and the 16th century constitutes a striking paradox. The flowering of the genre, between the composition of Boccaccio's Teseida and the Orlando Furioso of Ariosto occurred in precisely the same period as the emergence of Humanism and the revival of classical culture and literature based on re-readings of ancient texts. The two cultural phenomena — of medieval, vernacular narratives and the imitation of classical texts, veneration for classical antiquity — seem antithetical. Through an analysis of aspects ... More

Keywords: Italian romance, Boccaccio, Ariosto, Humanism, syncretism, symbiosis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198160151
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198160151.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane E. Everson, author
Senior Lecturer, Royal Holloway, University of London
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