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The essays included in this issue of Heliotropia had their source in a symposium on “Giovanni Boccaccio and Fourteenth-Century Italian Culture: Tradition and Innovation,” which was held on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison,121–22 April 2006, and which was, in part, an anticipatory celebration of my retirement from the university (in August, 2007).2

The four sessions, which took place over the two days were dedicated to the following general themes: “New Perspectives on Boccaccio, Social and Moral”; “New Perspectives on Boccaccio and His Age: Art, Politics, Music”; “New Perspectives on Boccaccio’s Decameron”; and

“New Perspectives on Boccaccio’s Minor Works.”3