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Petrarch in BritainInterpreters, Imitators, and Translators over 700 years$
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Martin McLaughlin, Letizia Panizza, and Peter Hainsworth

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264133

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264133.001.0001

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Renaissance Misogyny and the Rejection of Petrarch

Renaissance Misogyny and the Rejection of Petrarch

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(p.161) 10 Renaissance Misogyny and the Rejection of Petrarch
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Petrarch in Britain
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Diego Zancani

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264133.003.0011

This chapter traces the origin of the rejection of Petrarch and misogyny during the Renaissance period. It investigates some aspects of a reaction against the Petrarchan poetic clichés among Italian writers with some reference to a few English Elizabethan texts. It shows a model which depicts how an idealised view of one woman can be used to create a negative, basically chaotic, and even scurrilous image, in a period in which parody and mocking texts abound.

Keywords:   Petrarch, misogyny, Renaissance period, Petrarchan poetic clichés, Italian writers, Elizabethan texts

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