BOCCACCIO TESEIDA PDF

Encyclopedia of medieval literature. Boccaccio, Giovanni — born , Paris, France died Dec. His life was full of difficulties and occasional bouts of poverty. We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site.

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Both epic and romance, Boccaccio's Teseida delle nozze d'Emilia deals with love and war in a Pre-Christian world. The Teseida treats the complex dynamics of human desire and the seemingly inevitable interactive violence to which human passions give rise. As James McGregor observes, the Teseida above all "shows the failure of pagan efforts to rule the irrational side of human nature and argues implicitly, therefore, for the necessity of Christian faith" But what is the text's presentation of how and why pagan society is doomed to violence?

I submit that the failure of pagan society in the Teseida is both rooted in and reflected by the breakdown of language itself.

Symbolization based on rigorously maintained binary oppositions is the cornerstone of Teseo's Athenian society. This society is highly vulnerable to the destabilizing influence of anything that appears to tend toward its opposite, such as women who seem to be men, men who act like beasts, and humans who believe themselves gods.

Teseo's Athens cannot tolerate nondifferentiation. The Duke participates in and at the same time struggles against confusion of identity. He fights with the formidable weapons of reason, logic, language, and law.

The thematic structure of the Teseida seems determined above all by the need to present civilization with a series of challenges all of which are heavily imbued with the language and the imagery of nondifferentiation. Through its complex and often ambiguous narrative, as well as its thematic and linguistic structures, the text implicitly condemns the futility of human efforts to "symbolize" in a world deprived of the ultimate referentiality that can become known to humankind only through the Incarnation.

The Teseida challenges its readers with the task of bringing order to a chaotic medley of narrators and characters who often cannot be viewed with clear lines of differentiation.

No unambiguous textual evidence either supports or refutes a claim that the voice of the glosser is the same voice that addresses Fiammetta in the dedicatory epistle. Nor can the reader be sure whom the glosser refers to as the author: either to himself the self-fictionalizing poet-translatorcompiler , or to the author of the "antichisssima istoria," or perhaps even occasionally to the historical author of a recognizable subtext. The characters in the story itself are no less plagued by confusion of identity than the narrative agents involved in the tale's telling.

As Teseo confidently engages the civilizing influences of the logos human reason, symbolization, law and language , the forces of chaotic nondifferentiation rage around him and threaten to dissolve all differences on which his societal order is grounded. The two young Thebans, Arcita and Palemone, not only commingle their identities through their desire for the same woman, but also serve as the doubles of Teseo, their Athenean jailer and host. Teseo's attitude Boccaccio's Teseida: the breakdown of difference and ritual sacrifice.

Author: William C. Date: Annual From: Annali d'Italianistica Vol. Publisher: Annali d'Italianistica, Inc. Document Type: Critical essay. Length: 6, words. Access from your library This is a preview. Get the full text through your school or public library. Source Citation Maisch, William C. Accessed 5 June

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Both epic and romance, Boccaccio's Teseida delle nozze d'Emilia deals with love and war in a Pre-Christian world. The Teseida treats the complex dynamics of human desire and the seemingly inevitable interactive violence to which human passions give rise. As James McGregor observes, the Teseida above all "shows the failure of pagan efforts to rule the irrational side of human nature and argues implicitly, therefore, for the necessity of Christian faith" But what is the text's presentation of how and why pagan society is doomed to violence? I submit that the failure of pagan society in the Teseida is both rooted in and reflected by the breakdown of language itself.

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Giovanni Boccaccio's Teseida:

Oh, quanto allora, me a me togliendo di mente, parendomi essere ne' primi tempi, li quali io non immerito ora conosco essere stati felici, sento consolazione! E che ella da me per voi sia compilata, due cose fra l'altre il manifestano. E ultimamente come Emilia conceduta fosse a Palemone, e le sue nozze, e de' prencipi la partita finendo si truova. Nel primo vince Teseo l'Amazone, nel secondo Creon certanamente; nel terzo amore Arcita e Palemone occupa, e 'l quarto mostra la dolente.

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