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  • ISBN 0802092047
  • ISBN13 978-0802092045
  • Language English
  • Author Tobias Foster Gittes
  • Publisher University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division; 2nd Edition edition (April 5, 2008)
  • Pages 370
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  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory History and Criticism
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Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) experimented with such a wide variety of genres that critics have tended to focus more on the differences among his works than on their underlying similarities. However, a more comprehensive examination of his corpus reveals that concealed beneath this striking diversity of subject and genre there is a coherent mythology, a virtual catalogue of innovative myths designed to more accurately reflect his cultural experience and better address the needs of his age.

Exploring the most significant of these myths, Boccaccio's Naked Muse presents a writer who cast himself as the apostle of a new humanistic faith, one that would honour God by exalting his creation. Tobias Foster Gittes argues that Boccaccio did not simply reproduce Golden Age schemes in his works. Rather, he subtly altered and adapted them in order to produce a model of human beatitude more suited to his conviction that cultural achievement and human dignity are indissolubly linked. Gittes critiques common conceptions of Boccaccio's passivity, or his readiness to speak dismissively of his own work and to cast himself as a victim of vicious critics. Instead, Gittes shows that Boccaccio deliberately assumed this posture of passivity to align himself with a series of martyrs who, like him, had willingly suffered torments in the interest of cultural advancement.

By venturing outside the Decameron to the Latin works, and outside the usual textual and intertextual readings of Boccaccio to more broadly cultural and anthropological material, Boccaccio's Naked Muse offers fresh insights on this hugely significant literary figure and his lifelong campaign to transform mythological traditions into a gift for all humanity.


Boccaccio's Naked MuseGiovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) experimented with such a wide variety of genres that critics . Tobias Foster Gittes argues that Boccaccio did not simply reproduce Golden Age schemes in his works

Boccaccio's Naked MuseGiovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) experimented with such a wide variety of genres that critics have tended to focus more on the differences. Tobias Foster Gittes argues that Boccaccio did not simply reproduce Golden Age schemes in his works. Gittes critiques common conceptions of Boccaccio's passivity, or his readiness to speak dismissively of his own work and to cast himself as a victim of vicious critics.

Tobias Foster Gittes argues that Boccaccio did not simply reproduce Golden Age schemes in his works. Exploring the most significant of these myths, Boccaccio's Naked Muse presents a writer who cast himself as the apostle of a new humanistic faith, one that would honour God by exalting his creation.

Tobias Foster Gittes. Venturing outside the Decameron to the Latin works, and outside the usual textual and intertextual readings of Boccaccio to more broadly cultural and anthropological material,Boccaccio's Naked Museoffers fresh insights on this hugely significant literary figure. Series: Toronto Italian Studies. Published by: University of Toronto Press. DOI: 1. 138/9781442687462. eISBN: 978-1-4426-8746-2.

Boccaccio's Naked Muse : Eros, Culture, and the Mythopoeic Imagination. by Tobias Foster Gittes. Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) experimented with such a wide variety of genres that critics have tended to focus more on the differences among his works than on their underlying similarities.

The book is often delightful to read. Gittes peppers his prose with brief but lucid insights as well as humor that had me chuckling while reading. Published by University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division (2008). ISBN 10: 0802092047 ISBN 13: 9780802092045.

This chapter stands out for its potential implications for studies of Boccaccio and the later Middle Ages in general.

Erudite in its command of sources and impassioned in its style, ex-haustive in its detail and panoramic in its breadth, Tobias Foster Gittes’ first book, Boccaccio’s Naked Muse: Eros, Culture and the Mythopoeic Imagination, is a formidable work that will copiously serve both specialist and generalist readers in medieval studies for many years to come. This chapter stands out for its potential implications for studies of Boccaccio and the later Middle Ages in general.

Read "Boccaccio's Naked Muse Eros, Culture, and the Mythopoeic Imagination" by Tobias Foster Gittes .

Gittes critiques common conceptions of Boccaccio's passivity, or his readiness to speak dismissively of his own work and to cast himself as a victim of vicious critics. Instead, Gittes shows that Boccaccio deliberately assumed this posture of passivity to align himself with a series of martyrs who, like him, had willingly suffered torments in the interest of cultural advancement.

Chicago Distribution Center. Tobias Foster Gittes," Speculum 84, no. 4 (OCTOBER 2009): 1049-1051.

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