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Medieval Mythography, Volume 3: The Emergence of Italian Humanism, 1321-1475 (Hardback)
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Medieval Mythography, Volume 3: The Emergence of Italian Humanism, 1321-1475 (Hardback)

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Hardback 608 Pages / Published: 30/11/2014
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With this volume, Jane Chance concludes her monumental study of the history of mythography in medieval literature. Her focus here is the advent of hybrid mythography, the transformation of mythological commentary by blending the scholarly with the courtly and the personal.

Chance's in-depth examination of works by the major writers of the period-including Dante, Boccaccio, and Christine de Pizan- demonstrates how they essentially co-opted a thousand-year tradition. Their intricate narratives of identity mixed commentary with poetry; reinterpreted classical gods and heroes to suit personal agendas; and gave rise to innovative techniques such as "inglossation," the use of a mythological figure to comment on the protagonist within an autobiographical allegory. In this manner, through allegorical authorial projection of the self, the poets explored a subjective world and manifested a burgeoning humanism that would eventually come to full fruition in the Renaissance.

No other work examines the mythographic interrelationships between these poets and their unique and personal approaches to mythological commentary.

Publisher: University Press of Florida
ISBN: 9780813060125
Number of pages: 608
Weight: 1111 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 43 mm

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