Adventures in Speech: Rhetoric and Narration in Boccaccio's by Pier Massimo Forni

By Pier Massimo Forni

The Decameron is a story account of a state of affairs within which narration takes place-a selection of 100 tales set inside a bigger tale. by means of displaying how the Decameron marks a brand new degree within the improvement of vernacular realism, Forni additionally charts a brand new direction in Boccaccio feedback. Adventures in Speech maps the cognitive poetic approaches that rule the advanced authorial community of relationships regarding speech, occasion, acquired tradition, and narrative items.

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It is also a tenet of classical and medieval rhetoric that a good story (one capable of yielding narrative pleasure) must be true, or at least have an appearance of truth. Horace's teaching could not be dearer on this point: ''ficta voluptatis causa sint proxima veris'' (De Arte Poetica 338); "Fictions meant to please should be close to the real" (479). Elsewhere I have tried to provide a comprehensive critical assessment of the notions of truth and reality in the discursive parts of the Decameron (Forni 1995).

Bruno reminds his victim of the events surrounding the search for the heliotrope, and interprets them in the way Buffalmacco had originally explained them in VIII 3: «[ . . ] Tu sí hai apparato a esser beffardo! Tu ci menasti una volta giú per lo Mugnone raccogliendo pietre nere; e quando tu ci avesti messi in galea senza biscotto, e tu te ne venisti e poscia ci volevi far credere che tu l'avessi trovata! e ora similmente ti credi co' tuoi giuramenti far credere altressí che il porco, che tu hai donato o ver venduto, ti sia stato imbolato.

The exquisite experience of the young Florentine refugees materializes in light of an ideal which comprises health (physical and moral) and pleasure. The program is dearly articulated by the authoritative Pampinea in the early sequences that take place inside the church of Santa Maria Novella: [ . . ] io giudicherei ottimamente fatto che noi, sí come noi siamo, sí come moti innanzi a noi hanno fatto e fanno, di questa terra uscissimo, e fuggendo come la morte i disonesti etampli degli altri onestamente a' nostri luoghi in contado, de' quali a ciascuna di noi è gran copia, ce ne andassimo a stare, e quivi quella festa, quella allegrezza, quello piacere che noi potessimo, senza trapassare in alcun atto, il segno della ragione, prendessimo.

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