Andrea da Barberino and the Language of Chivalry

Gloria Allaire

Details: 192 pages    6 x 9
Cloth: $59.95   ISBN 13: 978-0-8130-1528-6   
Pubdate: 10/5/1997
Review(s): 6 available

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"A fundamental contribution [to] the understanding of one of the most prolific authors of chivalric literature in the fifteenth century. . . . It will remain the standard text. . . . Valuable not only for its interpretive analysis, but also as an example of how philological research should be conducted."--Massimo Ciavolella, University of Toronto

"Allaire’s style is simple, rigorous, and informative, yet without monotony. . . . A most enjoyable reading."--Maria Predelli, McGill University, Montreal

In the first definitive study of the work of Andrea da Barberino (c. 1371-1431), Gloria Allaire is a philological master-sleuth in search of the prolific but elusive Florentine medieval chivalric narrator whose place at the juncture between the early Boccaccio and the Renaissance masters Boiardo and Ariosto establishes him as a kind of Italian Chrétien de Troyes.
The result of exhaustive research and several important new discoveries, Allaire’s study is at the same time a groundbreaking approach to philological research. In it she argues for the attribution of two previously indeterminate chivalric romances, makes a new attribution for an unedited, highly original Rinaldo, and convincingly argues against Andrea’s authorship of Rambaldo. Moreover, her painstaking tracking of narrative and generic influences delineates a clear progression from Andrea to late medieval and early Renaissance masterpieces. The literary lineage also extends farther back: Andrea reworked a number of French epics and romances, and French medievalists will be interested to see later incarnations of texts well known to them.
While Andrea’s works are widely anthologized and recurrently the subject of journal articles, this is the first book-length volume to tackle his narrative art. It is sure to be of interest to medievalists, Italianists, specialists in romance linguistics, and anyone interested in watching the unfolding of an intricate and accomplished piece of philological detective work.

Gloria Allaire is visiting assistant professor of Italian at Ohio University, Athens. She has published articles in numerous journals including Italica, Lettere Italiane, Viator, and Scriptorium and is editor of the forthcoming Il Tristano panciatichiano: Text and Translation.

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