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16.11.2022, 10:30am-The figure of Beatrice in the Expositions over the Comedy by Giovanni Boccaccio

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16.11.2022, 10:30am-The figure of Beatrice in the Expositions over the Comedy by Giovanni Boccaccio

Seminar series Literature and textual criticism”


Classroom 12, building D3, second floor


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Abstract
The lesson aims to explore a certain malaise, a contradiction that can be felt in the comment that Giovanni Boccaccio makes on the figure of Beatrice in the Expositions on the Comedy. First we analyze the brief biography of Bice Portinari that Boccaccio inserts in his commentary on the second canto of Hell. In it he opposes the historical life of the young Florentine to the impact that her person had on Dante and which would have transformed her into Dante’s Beatrice. The biography is surprising because it even contains a hint that Beatrice loved Dante. Then we trace the contradictions in which Boccaccio stumbles when he tries to separate the allegorical reading of Beatrice from her literal reading. In the end, the lesson asks to what extent this comment is significant for understanding Boccaccio himself and his relationship in relation to a specific aspect of Dante’s writing.


Speaker
Franziska Meier
Georgia-Augusta University of Göttingen


Coordinators

  • Rosa Giulio
    University of Salerno
  • Irene Chirico
    University of Salerno

Course Info

Course Start Date 16/11/2022
Course End Date 16/11/2022
Time10:30

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