Courtesy Lost: Dante, Boccaccio, and the Literature of History (Toronto Italian Studies)

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In Courtesy Lost, Kristina M. Olson analyses the literary impact of the social, political, and economic transformations of the fourteenth century through an exploration of Dante’s literary and political influence on Boccaccio. The book reveals how Boccaccio rewrote the past through the lens of the Commedia, torn between nostalgia for elite families in decline and the need to promote morality and magnanimity within the Florentine Republic.

By examining the passages in Boccaccio’s Decameron, De casibus, and Esposizioni in which the author rewrites moments in Florentine and Italian history that had also appeared in Dante’s Commedia, Olson illuminates the ways in which Boccaccio expressed his deep ambivalence towards the political and social changes of his era. She illustrates this through an analysis of Dante’s and Boccaccio’s treatments of the idea of courtesy, or cortesia, in an era when the chivalry of the declining aristocracy was being supplanted by the civility of the rising merchant classes.

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Kristina M. Olson is an assistant professor of Italian in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at George Mason University.

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‘An enjoyable and very informative work... This book would be an indispensable addition to any medievalist’s library.’

(Alfred R. Crudale Annali D’Italianistica vol 35:2016)

‘Olson’s daring and intelligent book on the whole is stimulating and innovative.’

(Roberta Morosini Speculum vol 92:03:2017)

“Employing a theoretically diverse methodology and careful attention to historical detail, Olson offers new insights on the relationship between Dante and Boccaccio, the social and literary culture of 14th-centuiry Italy, and the increasing tensions between the aristocracy and the rising middle class.”

(D. Pesta Choice)

‘In this interesting study, Olson offers new insights on the relationship between Dante and Boccaccio, the social and literary culture of 14th-century Italy, and the increasing tensions between the aristocracy and the rising middle class.’

(D.Pesta Choice Magazine vol 52:09:2015)

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