The Decameron | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Aldo D. Scaglione

This literature criticism consists of approximately 45 pages of analysis & critique of The Decameron.
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Critical Essay by Aldo D. Scaglione

SOURCE: Scaglione, Aldo D. “The Decameron.” In Nature and Love in the Late Middle Ages, pp. 53-75. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1963.

In the following excerpt, Scaglione explores Boccaccio's attitude towards spiritual and sexual love as they are expressed in the Decameron.

The first question about a book concerns its form, and the Decameron is, in form, an unusually systematic collection of novellas. A good deal of realistic literature had developed in the Middle Ages within the framework of the short story, from the Latin forms (variously called exemplum, parabula, fabula, historia, legenda), to the French contes and fabliaux (fablel, fableau) and the Italian novella (conto). Of the literature that lies at the formal origin of the Decameron one must distinguish two types: firstly, the parable or tale with a moral (conte à queue, as...

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