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Ovidian vestigia in the De mulieribus Claris (1361-1362) of Giovanni Boccaccio

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Talita Janine Juliani
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Doctoral Thesis
Press: Campinas, SP.
Institution: Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem
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Examining board members:
Isabella Tardin Cardoso; Carlos Eduardo Ornelas Berriel; Bianca Fanelli Morganti; Matheus Trevizam; Elaine Cristine Sartorelli
Advisor: Isabella Tardin Cardoso

On famous women (De mulieribus claris), a catalogue of female biographies written by Giovanni Boccaccio between 1361 and 1362, portrays the life of notable (clarae) female figures of Antiquity and other periods, such as the beginning of the Italian Renaissance. The focus of great part of the studies about this work is a dichotomic trend, which ranges from pointing towards a (Christian) moralist character or/and a "merely" literary one in the biographies. Erudite Quellenforschungen dedicated to the catalogue are usually associated to this type of approach: according to them a common literary source to De mulieribus is the work of the Roman poet Ovid (43 B.C. ¿ 17 A.D.). Considering such studies, the aim of this research is to explore possible effects of the way how Ovid's poetry is presented in the Boccaccian catalogue. Among these effects, the complex construction of Ovid¿s authorial image (and his literary career), and the effects of its presence in the self-representation of Boccaccio in his own work were brought into focus. In the scrutiny of the selected Latin texts (on the one hand verses of Amores, Ars amatoria, Remedia amoris and Tristia; on the other hand, Sapho¿s biography, the Dedicatio, Proemium and Conclusio of De mulieribus) intertextuality theories were applied. Effects of irony that we pointed out in the texts of both authors lead us to regard the ways the relation between morality and literature are constructed in De mulieribus (AU)

FAPESP's process: 12/05738-5 - Vestigia of Ovid in De Claris Mulieribus (1361-1362) of Giovanni Boccaccio
Grantee:Talita Janine Juliani
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate