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«Fall 1997 Officers: Michael Sherberg, Washington University, President Steven Grossvogel, Univ. of Georgia, Vice President Eugenio Giusti, Vassar ...»

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PuLlished Twice Yearly Ly the Annerican Boccaccio Association

Fall 1997


Michael Sherberg, Washington University, President

Steven Grossvogel, Univ. of Georgia, Vice President

Eugenio Giusti, Vassar College, Secretary-Treasurer

Michael Sherberg, Newsletter Editor

Regional Representatives:

(United States)

Millicent Marcus, Univ. of Texas - Austin

Janet Smarr, Univ. of Illinois - Urbana

Angelo Mazzocco, Mount Holyoke ColI.

Madison Sowell, Brigham Young Univ.

(Canada) Antonio Franceschetti, Univ. of Toronto Modern Language Association Convention Toronto, Ontario, December 27-30, 1997 Annual Meeting of the American Boccaccio Association Tuesday, December 30, 10:15-11 :30 a.m., Elgin, Sheraton Centre "Fiammetta versus Dioneo in Decameron 1,4, and 5," Marilyn Migiel, Cornell Univ.

"Of Amazons and Painted Pictures: Redactors, Illustrators, and the Quattrocento Reception of Boccaccio's Teseida," Suzanne C. Hagedorn, Coll. of William and Mary "Boccaccio's Marginalia in the Teseida," Roberta Ricci, Johns Hopkins Univ.

Cash Bar Arranged by the American Boccaccio Association and the Dante Society of America Monday, December 29,5:15-6:30 p.m., Conference Room C, Sheraton Centre

MLA Convention sessions offurther interest to Boccaccisti:

Oral Tradition and Manuscript Authority in the Middle Ages Saturday, December 27,9:00-10:15 p.m., Toronto, Royal York Religion and Politics in Medieval Literature Stmday, December 28, 8:30-9:45 a.m., 203A, Toronto Convention Centre Page 2 Boccaccio Newsletter The Winter Meeting of the Dante Society Sunday, December 28,12:00 noon-1:15 p.m., Conference Room B, Sheraton Centre Chaucer's Queer Nation Sunday, December 28,7:15-8:30 p.m., Tudor 7, Royal York Christine de Pizan: An Open Session Monday, December 29, 8:30-9:45 a.m., Windsor, Sheraton Centre Transformations of the Novella Monday, December 29, 10:15-11 :30 a.m., Conference Room G, Sheraton Centre Chaucer and Boccaccio: Beyond Sources and Influences Monday, December 29,12:00 noon-1:15 p.m., Manitoba, Royal York Medieval Intertextualities Monday, December 29,7:15-8:30 p.m., Confederation 3, Royal York From the President It is a tradition in the American Boccaccio Association for the new president to offer an overview of his or her plans for the organization in the coming years. As Newsletter editor I am far more used to typing other presidents' messages than composing my own, so this is a new and unusual task for me. My first words must be of thanks to our inunediate past president, Christopher Kleinhenz, not only for his steady stewardship of the organization over the last four years but for his tireless devotion to the annual American Boccaccio Bibliography, the latest edition of which you will find here. Chris perfonns a crucial service to the Association; I suspect many of our members subscribe just to receive the Bibliography every year. I thank Steven Grossvogel, too, for his service as vice president over the past few years.

So, to the future. The shape ofBoccaccio studies is changing; we must both monitor and support that change. In recent years we have undertaken to strengthen our contacts with European colleagues; while we are the American Boccaccio Association, we must not neglect the value that closer ties with Europe can offer us. European and American Boccaccisti have much to teach one another about their approaches to Boccaccio which, while often very different, are nonetheless valid and useful. We are also witnessing the development of an electronic Boccaccio, as texts appear in CD-ROM anthologies of Italian literature, web sites spring to life, and the proliferation of e-mail access facilitates quicker communication with distant colleagues. We must ask ourselves what role, if any, we will play in promoting these new technologies.

We also have ongoing projects to monitor. The first Lectura Boccaccii volume is now under consideration at a new press. Possibilities for publication appear promising at this time, and we hope to have a happy announcement soon. We must get our public readings moving again, as they both raise our profile at conferences and make a significant contribution to Boccaccio studies in America.

Finally, as secretary of the Association for about 10 years, I have had the chance to track the waxing and waning of interest in Boccaccio, which I tended to measure by the number of paper proposals we received every year for our session at the MLA. A few years ago I began to despair that no one was very interested in Boccaccio anymore: another dead white male had faded into the background as scholars found more interesting and challenging topics elsewhere. Today I believe that there is still room for Boccaccio at the table, perhaps a Boccaccio who can be read from the point of view of gender, of alterity, of his influence on previously unheeded voices. The Association will continue to offer a venue to scholars who seek to take Boccaccio in new and exciting directions.

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-----------------------------------Send this form, along with your dues, to: Eugenio Giusti, Department of Italian, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.

Contributions to the Newsletter

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Mail to: Boccaccio Newsletter, c/o Michael Sherberg, Romance Languages and Literatures, Washington University Box 1077, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899. Nota bene: Christopher Kleinhenz, editor of the Boccaccio lBihliography that appears annually in the Fall Boccaccio Newsletter, would appreciate any information you might have on publications that he could integrate with his own findings.


(through November, 1997) compiled by Christopher Kleinhenz (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


Buettner, Brigitte. Boccaccio's "Des cleres et nobles femmes": Systems of Signification in an Rluminated Manuscript. Seattle: College Art Association in association with University of Washington Press, 1996. x, 139 p. (College Art Association Monograph in the Fine Arts, vol.


Grieve, Patricia E. "Floire and Blancheflor" and the European Romance. Cambridge:

Cambridge University Press, 1997. xiii, 240 p. (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature, 32) Hollander, Robert. Boccaccio's Dante and the Shaping Force of Satire. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1997. 225 p.

Kelly, Henry Ansgar. Chaucerian Tragedy. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1997. xi, 297 p.

Rumble, Patrick. Allegories of Contamination, Pier Paolo Pasolini's 'Trilogy of Life'. Toronto:

University of Toronto Press, 1996. 207 p. (Toronto Italian Studies) Wallace, David. Chaucerian Polity: Absolutist Lineages and Associational Forms in England and Italy. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 1997. xix, 555 p.

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Baldassari, Stefano Ugo. '''Adfluit incautis insidiosus amor': la precettistica ovidiana nel Filostrato di Boccaccio," Rivista di studi italiani, 14, No.2 (Dicembre, 1996), 20-42.

Battles, Paul. "Chaucer and the Traditions of Dawn-Song," Chaucer Review, 31, No.4 (1997), 317-338.

Beidler, Peter G. "The Price of Sex in Chaucer's Shipman's Tale," Chaucer Review, 31, No.

1 (1996), 5-17.

"Teaching Chaucer as Drama: The Garden Scene in the Shipman's Tale," _ _ _0 Exemplaria, 8, No.2 (FaU, 1996), 485-493.

Bergan, Brooke. "Surface and Secret in the Knight's Tale" in Chaucer, edited by Valerie Allen and Ares Axiotis (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1997; New Casebooks), pp. 51-62.

Bloomfield, Josephine. "Chaucer and the Polis: Piety and Desire in the Troilus and Criseyde," Modern Philology, 94, No.3 (February, 1997), 291-304.

Bondanella, Peter. "Translating The Decameron," in The Flight of Ulysses: Studies in Memory of Emmanuel Hatzantonis, edited by Augustus A. Mastri (Chapel Hill: Annali d'Italianistica, 1997), pp. 111-124.

Calabrese, Michael A. "Feminism and the Packaging of Boccaccio's Fiammetta," Italica, 74, No.1 (Spring, 1997), 20-42.

Costa-Zalessow, Natalia. "Numerical Symmetry among the Ten Narrators of The Decameron," in The Flight of Ulysses: Studies in Memory of Emmanuel Hatzantonis, edited by Augustus A. Mastri (Chapel Hill: Annali d'Italianistica, 1997), pp. 97-110.

Delasanta, Rodney. "Nominalism and the Clerk's Tale Revisited," Chaucer Review, 31, No.

3 (1997), 209-231.

Ferreri, Rosario. "Ciacco, Biondello e Martellino," Studi sui Boccaccio, 24 (1996), 231-249.

Galigani, Pierpaolo, and Federica Lucarelli. "Tozzi e Boccaccio: Appunti per un percorso nel teatro di Federigo Tozzi," Forum ltalicum, 30, No.2 (Fall, 1996), 274-290.

McEntire, Sandra J. "Illusion and Interpretation in the Franklin's Tale," Chaucer Review, 31, No.2 (1996), 145-163.

Migiel, Marilyn. "Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375)," in The Feminist Encyclopedia of Italian Literature, edited by Rinaldina Russell (Wesport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1997), pp.


Morgan, Gerald. "Boccaccio's Filocolo and the Moral Argument of the Franklin's Tale," in Chaucer, edited by Valerie Allen and Ares Axiotis [New Casebooks] (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1997), pp. 63-76.

Pastore Passaro, Maria. "Some Examples of Wzsdom and Folly in the Decameron," Forum Italicum, 31, No.1 (Spring, 1997), 145-152.

Peters, Edward. "Henry II of Cyprus, Rex inutilis: A Footnote to Decameron 1.9," Speculum, 72, No.3 (July, 1997), 763-775.

Psaki, Regina. "Boccaccio and Female Sexuality: Gendered and Eroticized Landscapes," in The Flight of Ulysses: Studies in Memory of Emmanuel Hatzantonis, edited by Augustus A.

Mastri (Chapel Hill: Annali d'Italianistica, 1997), pp. 125-134.

Ross, Valerie A. "Believing Cassandra: Intertextual Politics and the Interpretation of Dreams in Troilus and Creseyde," Chaucer Review, 31, No.4 (1997), 339-356.

Ruffo-Fiore, Silvia. "Boccaccio in Marguerite de Navarre's Heptameron: The Muted Confronts the Dominant," Rivista di studi italiani, 14, No.2 (Dicembre, 1996), 54-63.

Selig, Karl-Ludwig. "Boccaccio's Decameron and 'Natural History' and Compendia: Some Observations," in Text und Tradition. Gedenkschrift Eberhard Leube, edited by Klaus Ley, Ludwig Schrader, and Winfried Wehle (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 1996), pp. 409-416.

Therivel, William A. "Praised Be Italy for the Birth of the Visitor Personality and Western Civilization. Praised Be Italy for Gregory VII at Canossa, Alexander III at Legnano, Innocent III at Runnymede; For Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio," Rivista di Studi Italiani, 15, No.

1 (Giugno, 1997), 25-40.

Urgnani, Elena. "Censura e tolleranza religiosa nel Decameron da una prospettiva bachtiniana," Italian Quarterly, 33, Nos. 129-130 (Summer-Fall, 1996), 5-16.

Vasvari, Louise O. '''L'usignuolo in gabbia': Popular Tradition and Pornographic Parody in the Decameron," Forum Italicum, 28, No.2 (Fall, 1994), 224-251.

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Coleman, William E. Watermarks in the Manuscripts of Boccaccio's "B Teseida": Catalogue, Codicological Study, Album. Firenze: Leo S. Olschki (Biblioteca di bibliografia italiana, vol.


Articles (forthcoming):

Morosini, Roberta. "La bele conjointure e il gioco degli incontri in Decameron IX.6," Romance Languages Annual, 9 (1997) ____-. "'Per difetto rintegrare,' ovvero, il Filocolo di G. Boccaccio," Bollettino dell'Accademia lucchese di Arti, Lettere e Scienze; 3 (1997)

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Dietrich, Stephanie Sewell. "'Slydying' Gender in the Portraits of Chaucer's Troilus! and Criseyde," Masters Abstracts International, 35, No. 1 (February, 1997), p. 57.

(M.A, University of Houston, 1996; 120 p.) [''To elucidate Chaucer's manipulation, I examine the source portraits of Dares, Joseph of Exeter, Benoit, Guido, and Boccaccio against those in Troilus and Criseyde; delineate gender shifts within multiple renderings of Troilus and Criseyde, and then juxtapose the aforementioned against the singular, stable portrait of Diomede."] Doden, Frank Arlan. "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Dissertation," Dissertation Abstracts International, 56, No. 11 (May, 1996), p. 4395. (Ph.D., University of Kansas, 1995; 436 p.) [The dissertation "is a collection of poems, essays, columns, and comedy sketches." The intention, however, is "not only to entertain, but also to discuss and demonstrate the subversive nature of humor. The scholarly introduction, 'The Name of the Dissertation,' covers the latter subject in some detail, examining humor as a subversive device within the framework of medieval literature, specifically in the works of Chaucer and Boccaccio."] Larson, Leah Jean. "Love, Troth, and Magnanimity: The 'Weltanschauung' of the Breton Lay for Marie De France to Chaucer," Dissertation Abstracts International, 57, No.4 (October, 1996), p. 1610. (Ph.D., University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1996; 179 p.) [Concerns Chaucer's casting of the Franklin's Tale (from one of the tales in Boccaccio's B Filocolo) as a Breton lay.] Lee, Dongchoon. "Chaucer as a Storyteller," Dissertation Abstracts International, 58, No.3 (September, 1997), p. 858. (Ph.D., The University of Rochester, 1997; 440 p.) [''The focus of the second chapter will be on Chaucer's storytelling techniques inherited from his literary predecessors (Ovid, Jean de Meun, Boccaccio) or shared with his contemporary (John Gower)."] Perfetti, Lisa Renee. ''The Laughter of Ladies, the Wit of Women: Finding a Place for the Female Reader in Medieval Comic Uterature," Dissertation Abstracts International, 57, No.

5 (November, 1996), p. 2029. (Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1996;

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