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Penn Libraries Events & Exhibitions
In partnership with the Center for Italian Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences,
the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies is pleased to present the following lecture:
Giovanni Boccaccio's Teseida:
Composition—Circulation—Reception
Francesco Marco Aresu, Assistant Professor of Italian and Medieval Studies, Wesleyan University
Thursday, February 16, 2017, 5:00-6:30PM
This talk will explore the editorial and intertextual relations between Giovanni Boccaccio's autograph of the Teseida (preserved in Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Acquisti e doni 325) and two exemplars of the poem: Philadelphia, UPenn Codex 254 and Cambridge, Houghton, Typ 227. It will investigate to what extent the material configuration of these exemplars comply with the hermeneutic guidelines materially embedded by Boccaccio in his autograph in order to control the reception and interpretation of the poem. This compliance will be described in terms of Boccaccio's successful editorial project of inscribing his literary production within the canon of authoritative texts. The rich paratextual apparatus with which Boccaccio furnishes his autograph is at the basis of the affirmation of the Teseida as a classic and of the proliferation of comments and accretions around the text of the poem. By conducting this study under the aegis of material philology, the intent is to show how the interpretation of a text needs to be accompanied by an inquiry into the material conditions of its composition, dissemination, and consumption. The purpose is to show a paradigmatic example of the basic coincidence of textual datum and material unit, of content and medium, of verbal-iconic message and physical support.

Registration for this talk is appreciated. RSVP HERE

Boccaccio, Teseida, MS Codex 254, Kislak Center Collections, University of Pennsylvania Libraries.
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 6th floor
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)