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Literary Imitation in the Italian Renaissance – The Theory and Practice of Literary Imitation in Italy from Dante to Bembo - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Literary Imitation in the Italian Renaissance: The Theory and Practice of Literary Imitation in Italy from Dante to Bembo

Martin L. McLaughlin


The concept of imitation — the imitation of classical and vernacular texts — was the dominant critical and creative principle in Italian Renaissance literature. Linked to modern notions of intertextuality, imitation has been much discussed recently, but this is the first book to offer a comprehensive survey of Italian Renaissance ideas on imitation, covering both theory and practice, and both Latin and vernacular works. The author charts the emergence of the idea, in vague terms in Dante, then in Petrarch's more precise reconstruction of classical imitatio, before concentrating on the major wr ... More

Keywords: imitatio, imitation, Italian Renaissance literature, Dante, Petrarch, Lorenzo Valla, Pico della Mirandola, Pietro Bembo, Leonardo Bruni, Ciceronianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198158998
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158998.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin L. McLaughlin, author
Christ Church, Oxford

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