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The Ideology of the "Decameron"

By (author) Max Alexander Staples
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 30th Jun 1995
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 0773494006
ISBN-13: 9780773494008
Barcode No: 9780773494008
This work studies the roles of ideology in the production of literature through linguistic and structural analyses of Giovanni Boccaccio's "Decameron". The repeated discursive structure of each novella is analyzed to show Boccaccio's understanding of causality. Narrative outcomes are surveyed to show the treatment of characters according to gender, social class, and place of origin. Historical references are compared to their sources to show Boccaccio's political and narrative concerns. This comprehensive analysis seeks to produce a new explanation of Boccaccio's beliefs. The final chapters show that when combined with Boccaccio's aesthetic programme and applied to his sources, these ideological beliefs generate the text.

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