Dr. Dino S. Cervigni, The Decameron Unknown to Boccaccio’s (and Chaucer’s) Scholars: The Evening Lyrical Moments

Dr. Dino S. Cervigni, Professor Emeritus of Romance Languages and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and ACMRS Presents: The Decameron Unknown to Boccaccio’s (and Chaucer’s) Scholars: The Evening Lyrical Moments

Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 12:00pm
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Hayden Library, Room C6A

We know Boccaccio as a storyteller who influenced all subsequent storytellers in the western world, including Chaucer. We also know the Decameron as a collection of one hundred tales narrated by ten young people—seven ladies and three men—over the course of ten days they spend outside the city of Florence, from which they flee to escape the plague which decimated its population during the year 1348. But do you know the lyrical Boccaccio of the Decameron?

Join Dr. Dino S. Cervigni and ACMRS for a presentation to explore the function of these ten canzonette (ballads) of the Decameron, which are lyrical moments, during which each one of the ten young storytellers expresses their feelings, which are of love. It will also seek to show the many ways in which Boccaccio rewrites completely the lyrical tradition practiced by his much admired Dante and Petrarch.

Dino Cervigni, Professor Emeritus of Romance Languages and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, was educated in Italy and the United States. He has taught at the University of Notre Dame from 1974 until 1989 and then at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1989 until 2012, when he retired, while continuing teaching until the fall of 2014.

He has received fellowships and awards, including the UNC Board of Governors’ Teaching Excellence Award in 2011. He has served as president of the American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS) for two terms (1987-90; 1990-93).

His main research interests focus on the Middle Ages and Renaissance. He has taught courses on Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, lyric poetry, autobiography, film and Italian culture. He has written on autobiography (The Vita of Benvenuto Cellini: Literary Tradition and Genre, Ravenna: Longo, 1979); Dante (Dante’s Poetry of Dreams, Firenze: Olschki, 1986; Vita nuova, with Facing English Translation, Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1995); religious poetry (Il tempio peregrino, poema sacroeroico di Giulio Acquaticci [1603-1688]. Introduction, critical apparatus, and text by Dino S. Cervigni. Roma, Italy: Aracne, 2010. Pp. LXXVIII + 513).

He is currently completing a volume on the Decameron, focusing on the ten evening ballads. This comprehensive study of Boccaccio’s masterpiece will appear in English (Boccaccio's Decameron: Rewriting the Christian Middle Ages and the Lyric Tradition) and also in Italian (Il Decameron di Boccaccio: Riscritture Parodiche del Medioevo Cristiano e della Tradizione Lirica).

Some of his next projects include a three-volume study of the Vita nuova (a new bilingual edition, a textual concordance, and a commentary of the Vita nuova) and book-length projects on Dante.

The founder and editor-in-chief of the annual monograph Annali d’Italianistica, he has published and edited scores of volumes on all aspects of Italy’s literary culture with the collaboration of distinguished scholars from North America and Europe. Founded in 1983 at the University of Notre Dame, Annali d’Italianistica has continued its annual publication of an annual volume at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1989 until 2016. As of January 2017, Annali d’Italianistica is sponsored by the Arizona Center of Medieval and Renaissance Studies at ASU. Cervigni is also the editor of the monographic series Studi & testi. He continues lecturing and participating at conferences, while pursuing an extensive publication agenda.

 

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