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Editing Dante's <i>Rime</i> and Italian Cultural History: Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarca … Barbi, Contini, Foster-boyde, De Robertis

Teodolinda Barolini

in Dante and the Origins of Italian Literary Culture

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780823227037
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241019 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823227037.003.0013
Editing Dante's Rime and Italian Cultural History: Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarca … Barbi, Contini, Foster-boyde, De Robertis

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Its literary giants peculiarly mark Italian identity—and each of the tre cocone plays a part in this story. Indeed, the significance of this particular editorial history is highlighted by the way it implicates right from the start, as we shall see, not only Dante but also Boccaccio and Petrarch. The role of literary culture has traditionally been a powerful one: the great cultural debate that resulted in the choice of Tuscan as the national language was literary debate; by the same token, Italian nationalism was in part constructed on the shoulders of Dante and other literary icons, as all his statues and street-names attest.

Keywords: Dante; Boccaccio; Petrarch; Tuscan; nationalism; literary culture; Decameron

Chapter.  11764 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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