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Diana's Hunt/Caccia Di Diana: Boccaccios First Edition (Middle Ages Series)

Anthony K. Cassell, Victoria Kirkham (Editor)

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ISBN 10: 0812282191 / ISBN 13: 9780812282191
Published by Univ of Pennsylvania Pr, 1990
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Title: Diana's Hunt/Caccia Di Diana: Boccaccios ...

Publisher: Univ of Pennsylvania Pr

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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Giovanni Boccaccio is one of the most influential writers in the Western tradition, yet his first literary work, "Diana's Hunt", has never been translated into English, and the Italian text has long been out of print. Anthony Cassell and Victoria Kirkham redeem Boccaccio's early effort in this dual-language edition. The plot of "Diana's Hunt" is simple enough: the narrator observes the goddess Diana convening a band of Neapolitan court ladies to hunt in a wood. After slaying an impressive number of beasts, the huntresses are incited to rebellion against Diana by the fairest of their number. They invoke the goddess Venus, who transforms the beasts into young men ready to be faithful to her. As a final twist, the narrator himself, who we now learn was actually a stag all along, undergoes a similar transformation and is offered to the fairest lady. Cassell and Kirkham have revised the Italian text of "La Caccia di Diana", drawing from the six extant manuscripts of the original work. Their critical interpretation of the poem redefines the ground on which we evaluate the merits of "Diana's Hunt" and points to ways in which it looks forward to Boccaccio's later work.

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Text: English, Italian

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