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Petrarch in Britain: Interpreters, Imitators, and Translators over 700 years

Martin McLaughlin, Letizia Panizza, and Peter Hainsworth

Abstract

Petrarch was Italy's second most famous writer (after Dante), and indeed from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries he was much better known and more influential in English literature than Dante. His Italian love lyrics constituted the major influence on European love poetry for at least two centuries from 1400 to 1600, and in Britain he was imitated by Chaucer, the Elizabethans, and other lyric poets up until the end of the eighteenth century. With Romanticism Dante ousted Petrarch from his pre-eminent position, but in our post-Romantic age, attention has now started to swing back to Petr ... More

Keywords: Petrarch, Dante, English literature, European love poetry, Romanticism, Petrarchism, Renaissance Italy, Giordano Bruno, Leopardi, Foscolo

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780197264133
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264133.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin McLaughlin, editor
Fiat Serena Professor of Italian Studies, University of Oxford

Letizia Panizza, editor
Research Fellow, Italian Department, Royal Holloway, University of London

Peter Hainsworth, editor
Faculty Research Fellow in Italian, Emeritus Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford

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Introduction

Martin McLaughlin

I Petrarch’s Britain

II Petrarch And The Self

2 Petrarch solitarius

Jennifer Petrie

III Petrarch In Dialogue

IV Petrarchism And Anti-Petrarchism In Italy

V Petrarchism: English and Scottish Connections

VI Petrarch and the Moderns: Italy and Britain

17 Leopardi and Petrarch

Pamela Williams

20 Translating Petrarch

Peter Hainsworth

End Matter