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Introduction

K. P. Clarke

in Chaucer and Italian Textuality

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199607778
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729546 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199607778.003.0001

Series: Oxford English Monographs

Introduction

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Authors writing in fourteenth-century European vernaculars were becoming increasingly aware of how they presented themselves materially on the page. Italy was foremost in this material textuality. Dante, Boccaccio, and Petrarch were all acutely aware of the matrix offered by the page in works such as the Vita nova, a prosimetrum, and in the Teseida, a romance with marginal commentary. With a turn to the manuscript matrix in Chaucer studies observable in recent criticism, how can such a turn be combined with source study to provide a fuller account of Chaucer's encounter with Italy?

Keywords: Chaucer; manuscripts; Dante; Boccaccio; marginalia; glosses

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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