Petrarch A Critical Guide to the Complete Works

ISBN-10: 0226437426

ISBN-13: 9780226437422

Edition: 2012

Authors: Victoria Kirkham, Armando Maggi

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Although Francesco Petrarca (1304–74) is best known today for cementing the sonnet’s place in literary history, he was also a philosopher, historian, orator, and one of the foremost classical scholars of his age.Petrarch: A Critical Guide to the Complete Worksis the only comprehensive, single-volume source to which anyone—scholar, student, or general reader—can turn for information on each of Petrarch’s works, its place in the poet’s oeuvre, and a critical exposition of its defining features.            A sophisticated but accessible handbook that illuminates Petrarch’s love of  classical culture, his devout Christianity, his public celebrity, and his struggle for inner peace, this encyclopedic volume covers both Petrarch’s Italian and Latin writings and the various genres in which he excelled: poem, tract, dialogue, oration, and letter. A biographical introduction and chronology anchor the book, makingPetrarchan invaluable resource for specialists in Italian, comparative literature, history, classics, religious studies, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance.  
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Book details

List price: $41.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/2/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 568
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

Victoria Kirkham is professor emerita of Romance languages at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of three books, most recently of Fabulous Vernacular: Boccaccio's Filocolo and the Art of Medieval Fiction.

Armando Maggi is professor of romance languages and literatures and a member of the Committee on the History of Culture at the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books, including Satan's Rhetoric and The Resurrection of the Body: Pier Paolo Pasolini from Sade to Saint Paul, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

List of Illustrations
Note on Bibliographical Forms and Abbreviations
Chronology of Petrarch's Life and Works
A Life's Work
An Enduring Vernacular Legacy
The Self in the Labyrinth of Time (Rerum vulgarium fragmenta)
The Poem of Memory (Triumpbi)
Petrarch's Damned Poetry and the Poetics of Exclusion (Rime disperse)
Literary Debut, Latin Humanism, and Orations
The Rebirth of the Romans as Models of Character (De viris illustribus)
Petrarch's Philological Epic (Africa)
The Beginnings of Humanistic Oratory: Petrarch's Coronation Oration (Collatio laureationis)
Petrarch the Courtier: Five Public Speeches (Arenga facta Venecijs, Arringa facta Mediolani, Arenga facta in civitate Novarie, Collatio brevis coram Iohanne Francorum rege, Orazione per la seconda ambasceria veneziana)
The Unforgettable Books of Things to Be Remembered (Rerum memorandarum libri)
Contemplative Serenity
Pastoral as Personal Mythology in History (Bucolicum carmen)
"You Will Be My Solitude": Solitude as Prophecy (De vita solitaria)
A Humanistic Approach to Religious Solitude (De otio religioso)
Journeys into The Soul
The Burning Question: Crisis and Cosmology in the Secret (Secretum)
Petrarch's Personal Psalms (Psalmi penitentiales)
The Place of the Itinerarium (Itinerarium ad sepulcbrum domini nostri Ybesu Christi)
Life's Turbulence
On the Two Faces of Fortune (De remediis utriusque fortune)
The Art of Invective (Invective contra medicum)
The Economy of Invective and a Man in the Middle (De sui ipsius et multorum ignorantia)
Petrarch The Epistler
A Poetic Journal (Epystole)
The Book without a Name: Petrarch's Open Secret (Liber sine nomine)
The Uncollected Poet (Lettere disperse)
Petrarch's Epistolary Epic: Letters on Familiar Matters (Rerum familiarum libri)
Letters of Old Age: Love between Men, Griselda, and Farewell to Letters (Rerum senilium libri)
To Write As Another: The Testamentum (Testamentum)
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