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Reading Chaucer in Time: Literary Formation in England and Italy

Kara Gaston

Abstract

Reading for form can mean reading for formation. Understanding processes through which a text was created can help us in characterizing its form. But what is involved in bringing a diachronic process to bear upon a synchronic work? When does literary formation begin and end? When does form happen? These questions emerge with urgency in the interactions between English poet Geoffrey Chaucer and Italian Trecento authors Dante Alighieri, Giovanni Boccaccio, and Francis Petrarch. In fourteenth-century Italy, new ways were emerging of configuring the relation between author and reader. Previously, ... More

Keywords: Chaucer, medieval English literature, medieval Italian literature, form, formalism, time, temporality, reading, influence, adaptation, reception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198852865
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198852865.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kara Gaston, author
Assistant Professor of English, University of Toronto