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Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Program

Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics

Year Degree Awarded

2018

Month Degree Awarded

May

First Advisor

Albert Lloret

Second Advisor

Michael Papio

Subject Categories

Medieval Studies | Other Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature | Spanish Literature | Translation Studies

Abstract

This dissertation studies the impact of the works by Giovanni Boccaccio on Catalan medieval literature. The influence of Italian literature in medieval Iberian writing is traditionally understood as a key component of a wide-ranging cultural process of transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. The works of Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio, the tre corone, played a crucial role in that process. Boccaccio, in particular, became a model for the writing of a variety of literary genres, from misogynistic poetry to chivalric romances. His works, both in Latin and Italian, featured in the most remarkable libraries of the period as well as circulated both in Spanish and Catalan translations. Early twentieth-century criticism offered us the first comprehensive approach to Boccaccio’s influx in the Iberian Peninsula, but this line of inquiry has ever since remained neglected.

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