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41. Mediaevalia: Volume > 40
Sarah B. Rude Eye Beams and Boethian Sufficiency in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde
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This essay explores the relationship between vision, reason, and tragedy in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde and Boece, his translation of Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy. In Boece, Chaucer defines the sense of sight as an important first step toward gaining knowledge and differentiating earthly, temporal pleasures from true, eternal goods. Following an examination of how vision and reason appear in Boece, this essay shows how Chaucer dramatizes these principles in Troilus and Criseyde, focusing especially on the lines of sight between Troilus and Criseyde as they experience “love at first sight” and develop an earthly, romantic relationship. Criseyde in particular reasons her way through falling in love, and her progress through the mental faculties of sense, imagination, reason, and intellect closely parallels these faculties as they appear in Boece. At the climax of the narrative, when Troilus and Criseyde consummate their love, Criseyde demonstrates faulty reasoning in labeling Troilus her suffisaunce, the term that Chaucer uses repeatedly in Boece to indicate a good that is true and eternal. With Troilus and Criseyde’s errant application of vision and reason, it comes as no surprise that their love is doomed to fail and that their narrative is doomed to be a tragedy.
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Danielle Bradley “By communynge is the beste assay”: Gossip and the Speech of Reason in Hoccleve’s Series
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Thomas Hoccleve—if one believes his autobiographical poetry—was a bureaucrat who met trouble at every turn. At the heart of his frustrations was language, namely his own supposedly mad ramblings and the cruel gossip of former colleagues who refused to believe he had recovered from a previous period of mental illness. This paper argues that Hoccleve undoes malicious gossip by countering it with good gossip about himself, which he encourages readers to spread by using a rhetorical strategy that deploys both reported and direct speech. By highlighting Hoccleve’s victimization, the autobiographical poems effect a poetic authorization that ensures his name is on everyone’s tongue. Hoccleve reclaims his own trustworthiness in “Dialogue with a Friend,” not by convincing the friend of his reasoning, as many critics argue, but instead by undermining the rationality of this friend, who—alongside all other malicious gossips—is shown to be illogical. Such judges do not offer Hoccleve a fair “assay,” but instead judge based on assumption and faulty logic. Through the theme of madness, Hoccleve comments on the fragility of reputation and of a poet-administrator’s solvency in a late-medieval world in which administrators, as professional communicators, are stronger as a group united, not divided, by talk.
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Douglas P. Lackey The Jurisprudence Fresco in the Stanza della Segnatura: Correcting a Prevalent Error
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Information cards in the Vatican Museum and many guidebooks and scholarly works identify the small putti in Raphael’s Jurisprudence fresco as the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity. The identification is demonstrably incorrect, and the error can be traced to a short article by Edgar Wind published in the 1930s. Wind’s arguments are considered and rejected. The putti are decorative, not allegorical.
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Olivia Holmes, Paul Schleuse Authority and Materiality in the Italian Songbook: From the Medieval Lyric to the Early-Modern Madrigal
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constructing authority
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Anne Adele Levitsky Song Personified: The Tornadas of Raimon de Miraval
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Joel Salvatore Pastor Fragmentational Poetics: Staging the Crisis of Oratory in Petrarch’s Political Canzoni
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Leah Schwebel Triumphing over Dante in Petrarch’s Trionfi
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Olimpia Pelosi “Free to Sing My Liberty”: Weaving and the Construction of the Literary Self in Gaspara Stampa and Louise Labé
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theorizing genre
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Courtney Joseph Wells Cobbling Together the Lyric Text: Parody, Imitation, and Obscenity in the Old Occitan Cobla Anthologies
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Francesco Marco Aresu Visual Discourse in Petrarch’s Sestinas
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Lorenzo Sacchini The Cinquecento Italian Madrigal in Theory and Practice: The Case of Filippo Massini (1559–1618)
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Giuseppe Gerbino Music of Words and Words in Music: The Sound of Gravità in the Italian Madrigal
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assembling the songbook
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Laura Banella Boccaccio as Anthologist and the Dawn of Editorial Auctoritas
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Martin Eisner Dante’s Ballata: The Personification of Poetry and the Authority of the Vernacular in the Vita nuova
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Isabella Magni The Fragmenta’s Timeline: Models for Reconstructing and Interpreting the Text
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K. Dawn Grapes Italian Artistry, English Innovation: Thomas Watson’s Italian Madrigalls Englished (1590)
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Dennis Looney Dante Politico: An Introduction
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Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio Dante Politico: Toward a Mapping of Dante’s Political Thought
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Rossella Bonfatti Performing Dante or Building the Nation?: The Divina Commedia between Dramaturgy of Exile and Public Festivities
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Martino Marazzi “Our Brother Dante”: Dantesque Reappropriations in Italian America
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