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Medieval Mythography, Volume 3: The Emergence of Italian Humanism, 1321-1475

Jane Chance


This book focuses on the advent of hybrid mythography in the Middle Ages as a form of commentary in vernacular poetry and, alternatively, as restyled and reformatted Latin prose commentary that reflects allegorical authorial self-projection. The complexity of mythography leads to the compilation of myths unified by traditional means—genealogy and history—but also by new means, a focus on a seminal progenitor or epic hero or imaginary goddess who reflects a humanist ideal. Humanism carries with it a privileging of the individual, the personal and subjective, and, most interestingly, a democrati ... More

Keywords: Italian, Dante, Boccaccio, Christine de Pizan, humanism, goddess, vernacular

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780813060125
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813060125.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane Chance, author
Rice University, Houston, Texas