The Decameron: Selected Tales

The Decameron: Selected Tales

By: Giovanni Boccaccio (author), Don Beecher (translator), Massimo Ciavolella (translator), Massimo Ciavolella (editor)Paperback

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The editors have selected 33 of the 100 tales, including at least two from each of the ten days of storytelling. Included as well are Boccaccio's general introduction and conclusion to the work, as well as the introduction and conclusion to the first day; the reader is thus provided with a real sense of the Decameron's framing narrative. In selecting from among the tales themselves, the editors have looked to include the most interesting, the most representative, and the most widely taught of the tales, as well as a few (such as X.8, on the theme of perfect friendship) that are less familiar but that the editors feel to be deserving of wider circulation. The Beecher and Ciavolella translation conveys some sense of the often extended structures of Boccaccio's sentences, and a real sense as well of the different registers Boccaccio uses, from the often formal tone of the framing narrative to the highly colloquial feel of the dialogue in many of the more bawdy tales. Throughout, the translators have chosen language that makes this classic work accessible to twenty-first-century undergraduates. The edition includes extensive explanatory notes and a concise but wide-ranging introduction to Boccaccio's life and times, as well as to the Decameron itself. A unique selection of contextual materials concludes the volume; these include documentary accounts and illustrations of the Black Death in Florence; examples of source materials that Boccaccio drew on; examples from later medieval and early modern literature (both in Italy and in England) of work that was heavily influenced by the Decameron; documents (including Petrarch's famous comments about the tale of Patient Griselda) providing a sense of the early reception history of the work; and a variety of illustrations from early manuscripts of the Decameron. Like the versions provided of the Boccaccio tales themselves, the texts in this selection of "In Context" materials have been newly translated for this edition.

About Author

Donald Beecher, Professor of English at Carleton University, is the editor and/or translator of more than twenty editions and anthologies, including a two volume edition of Giovan Francesco Straparola's The Pleasant Nights (University of Toronto Press, 2014). Massimo Ciavolella holds the positions of Franklin D. Murphy Chair in Italian Renaissance Studies and Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles; he is author or editor of more than a dozen books and many articles on medieval and Renaissance Italian literature.


Acknowledgments Introduction from The Decameron The Author's Preface Introduction to the First Day The First Day I. Story 1: Cepparello's False Confession I. Story 2: The Jew who Sees Rome and Converts I. Story 3: Melchisedech and the Tale of the Three Rings I. Story 5: The King of France and the Banquet of Hens I. Story 10: Master Alberto Shames the Woman who Refuses his Love Conclusion to the First Day The Second Day II. Story 5: Andreuccio's Three Misadventures in Naples II. Story 7: The Sultan's Daughter Sleeps with Nine Men and Returns a Virgin The Third Day III. Story 1: Masetto becomes Gardener to a Convent III. Story 6: Ricciardo sends a Jealous Wife to the Baths to catch her Husband III. Story 8: Ferondo visits Purgatory III. Story 9: Giletta of Narbonne III. Story 10: Alibech and Rustico put the Devil back into Hell The Fourth Day Introduction IV. Story 1: Tancredi, Ghismunda, and her Lover's Heart IV. Story 2: Frate Alberto as the Angel Gabriel IV. Story 5: Lisabetta and the Pot of Basil IV. Story 8: The Broken Hearts of Girolamo and Salvestra The Fifth Day V. Story 1: Cimone and Lisimaco Abduct their Brides V. Story 4: The Lovers, the Balcony, and the Nightingale The Sixth Day VI. Story 1: Madonna Oretta and the Story Ride VI. Story 4: Chichibio and the One-legged Bird VI. Story 7: Donna Filippa Confronts the Adultery Laws VI. Story 9: Guido Cavalcanti's Witty Escape The Seventh Day VII. Story 2: Peronella's Lover and the Barrel VII. Story 6: A Quick-Thinking Adulteress The Eighth Day VIII. Story 3: Calendrino and the Heliotrope Stone VIII. Story 7: The Scholar Frozen and the Lady Burned The Ninth Day IX. Story 5: Calandrino in Love IX. Story 6: Three Beds and a Cradle IX. Story 10: The Spell that Turns Women to Mares The Tenth Day X. Story 3: Nathan Offers his Life X. Story 5: A Lady's Honour for a Garden in Winter X. Story 8: The Perfect Friendship of Tito and Gisippus X. Story 10: Griselda's Remarkable Patience The Author's Epilogue In Context The Black Death from Marchione di Coppo Stefani, from The Florentine Chronicle (ca. 1389), "Concerning the Black Death in the City of Florence, Mortal to Many People," The Black Death: fourteenth century images Accounts of Boccaccio's Life Giannozzo Manetti, "The Life of Giovanni Boccaccio" Ludovico Dolce, "A Description of the Life of Messer Giovanni Boccaccio" (1552) Sources and Antecedents from Apuleius, The Golden Ass: from Book Nine, "The Lover in the Barrel" (c. 160 CE) from Petrus Alphonsus, Disciplina Clericalis, "The Two Perfect Friends," (12th century) from Andreas Capellanus, The Art of Courtly Love (c. 1180) Anonymous, "Concerning a Priest and a Lady" (13th century) from Anonymous, Il novellino (1281-1300) How a king raised his son in darkness, then revealed to him all there was in the world, and how the boy found women above all things the most pleasing." "How the Sultan in search of money tried to snare a Jew through litigation." "The never-ending story." from Giovanni Boccaccio, The Questions of Love: "The Fourth Question, as proposed by Menedon" (1335-36) The Tale of Patient Griselda from Francesco Petrarch, Letter to Boccaccio on "The Tale of Patient Griselda" (1373) Anonymous, "A Most Pleasant Ballad of Patient Grissell" (ca. 1600) Patterns of Influence from Sir Thomas Elyot, The Book Named the Governour: from Bk. II, Chap. 12, "The Wonderful History of Titus and Gisippus, whereby is fully declared the figure of perfect amity." (1531) from Giovan Francesco Straparola, The Pleasant Nights (Piacevoli notti) (1550, 1553) from the Proem Rodolino and Violante, or The Broken Hearts Illustrations to the Decameron

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  • ISBN13: 9781554813001
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 340
  • ID: 9781554813001
  • ISBN10: 155481300X
  • translations: Italian
  • language of text: English

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