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Author Gittes, Tobias Foster.
Title Boccaccio's naked muse : eros, culture, and the mythopoeic imagination / Tobias Foster Gittes.
Published Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2008.
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 Floor4  PQ4293.L2 G58 2008    IN LIBRARY
Description x, 369 p. ; 24 cm.
Series [Toronto Italian studies]
Toronto Italian studies.
Note Series statement from jacket.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [329]-346) and index.
Contents 1. Universal Myths of Origin: Boccaccio and the Golden Age Motif -- 2. Local Myths of Origin: The Birth of the City and the Self -- 3. Myth of a New Beginning: Boccaccio's Palingenetic Paradise -- 4. Myth of Historical Foresight: Babel and Beyond.
Summary "Boccaccio's Naked Muse examines a writer who cast himself as the apostle of a new humanistic faith, one that would honour God by exalting his creation. In this study, Tobias Foster Gittes argues that Boccaccio did not simply reproduce Golden Age schemes in his works, but rather subtly altered and adapted them to produce a model of human beatitude more suited to his conviction that cultural achievement and human dignity are indissolubly linked."--Jacket.
Language Includes some text in Italian and Latin.
Subject Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Eros (Greek deity) in literature.
Myth in literature.
Culture in literature.
ISBN 9780802092045 (bound)
0802092047 (bound)
OCLC number 174138503