Building the Canon through the Classics

Imitation and Variation in Renaissance Italy (1350-1580)


Editor: Eloisa Morra
Building the Canon through the Classics. Imitation and Variation in Renaissance Italy (1350-1580) provides a comprehensive reappraisal of the construction of a literary canon in Renaissance Italy by exploring the multiple reuses of classical authorities. The volume reshapes current debate on the notion of canon by intertwining two perspectives: analyzing when and in what form a canon emerged, and determining the ways in which an ancient literary canon interacts with the urge to bestow a similar authority on some later and contemporaneous authors. Each chapter makes an original contribution to its selected topic, but the collective strength of the volume relies on its simultaneous appeal to readers in Italian Studies, intellectual history, comparative studies and classical reception studies.

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Biographical Note

Eloisa Morra, Ph.D. (Harvard University, 2017) is Assistant Professor of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto and the author of Un allegro fischiettare nelle tenebre. Ritratto di Toti Scialoja (Quodlibet Studio, 2014: Special mention, Edinburgh Gadda Prize 2015). In her research, she explores interdisciplinary issues at the crossroads of textual criticism and visual studies, classical reception, the Renaissance and its reception in the twentieth century.

Table of contents

1 Introduction
Eloisa Morra
2 Boccaccio as Homer: A Recently Discovered Self-portrait and the ‘modern’ Canon
Maddalena Signorini
3 In the Center of the Kaleidoscope: Ovidian Poetic Image and Boccaccio’s Self-Representation in De Mulieribus Claris
Talita Janine Juliani
4 The Place of the Father: The Reception of Homer in the Renaissance Canon
Valentina Prosperi
5 Politian: The Philologer as Artist
Jaspreet Boparai
6 Humanistic Biographies of Horace and His Inclusion in the Fifteenth-century Literary Canon
Giacomo Comiati
7 Editing Vernacular Classics in the Early Sixteenth Century: Ancient Models and Modern Solutions
Carlo Caruso
8 Building the Canon in 1530s Rome: Colocci’s epigrammatari as a Test Case
Nadia Cannata
9 The Literary Canon and the Visual Arts: From the Three Crowns to Ariosto and Tasso
Federica Caneparo
10 ‘Re-figuring’ Lucian of Samosata: Authorship and Literary Canon in Early Modern Italy
Irene Fantappiè



All interested in Italian Renaissance literature, and anyone concerned with Classical Reception studies and intellectual history.

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