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Boccaccio as Glossator

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/9780199607778.003.0003

Series: Oxford English Monographs

Boccaccio as Glossator

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This chapter examines Boccaccio's role as a copyist, as an innovative producer of books as well as texts. In particular it looks at his activity as glossator, both of the works of Dante and in his own Teseida. The commentary on the Teseida is examined in closer detail, in the context of the autograph manuscript, Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, MS Acq. e Doni 325; and further somewhat uncourtly glosses (not by Boccaccio) are examined. This highly developed textuality observable in Boccaccio's autographs is considered in light of some of the models for such a commentary. It also examines Chaucer's navigation of both text and margin in his reception of such figures as Statius, with especially attention to the Knight's Tale.

Keywords: Boccaccio; autographs; Teseida; Statius; Thebaidos; glosses; Knight's Tale; astrology

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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