Boccaccio and the Poetics of the Paratext: Rubricating the Vernacular

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Abstract

This essay examines the vernacular rubrics Boccaccio devised for his copy of Dante’s Comedy in Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, MS Chig. L. VI. 213, taking account of their wider codicological context. It is argued that these new rubrics seek to address an ever-widening readership for Dante’s Comedy, conditioning the reception and interpretation of the poem. It is further argued that the manuscript can be read in a polemical dialogue with Petrarch, whose RVF is included in an early form, and over which the shadow of Dante looms large.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-106
Number of pages38
JournalLe Tre Corone
Volume6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Feb 2019

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