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A Far Better Elysium: emulation and intertextuality in Giovanni Boccaccio's «Olympia»

Grant number: 15/00202-8
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): July 05, 2015
Effective date (End): December 04, 2015
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Classical Literatures
Principal researcher:Isabella Tardin Cardoso
Grantee:Adir de Oliveira Fonseca Junior
Supervisor abroad: Stephen Harrison
Home Institution: Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem (IEL). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Oxford, England  
Associated to the scholarship:14/01868-7 - Giovanni Boccaccios Olympia: introductory study, translation and notes, BP.MS


The aim of this BEPE project is to develop a short-term research on classical reception studies, to be held at the University of Oxford - Corpus Christi College, from July to December 2015, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Stephen Harrison. As part of my regular Master's project entitled "Giovanni Boccaccio's Olympia: Introductory study, translation and notes" (Fapesp 2014/01868-7), during the internship period in Oxford I intend to investigate the reception of works by the Roman poet Vergil (70-19 BC) in the production of the Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375). More specifically, I am interested in the intertextual relationships that may be observed between the poetic texts of the 6th Book of the Aeneid and Olympia. Besides pointing out the thematic and formal affinities (as well as contrasts) between Anchises's Elysian Fields (Aen. 6 637-665) and Olympia's celestial paradise (Olymp., vv. 159-196), I will attempt to explore other kinds of associations, such as the presence of topoi from Vergil's Bucolics in Boccaccio's eclogue, which pertains to the same poetic genre. My interest in this internship-abroad research is motivated by Prof. Harrison's most recent works on Receptions of Latin literature, which are grounded on his various studies on Vergil and genre issues in general. Last but not least, consulting the libraries of the University of Oxford will be also an opportunity to having access to a large bibliography that, although fundamental to my Master's thesis, is not available in Brazil. (AU)

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