Academic journal article Parergon

Kleinhenz, Christopher, and Andrea Dini, Eds, Approaches to Teaching Petrarch's 'Canzoniere' and the Petrarchan Tradition

Academic journal article Parergon

Kleinhenz, Christopher, and Andrea Dini, Eds, Approaches to Teaching Petrarch's 'Canzoniere' and the Petrarchan Tradition

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Kleinhenz, Christopher, and Andrea Dini, eds, Approaches to Teaching Petrarch's 'Canzoniere' and the Petrarchan Tradition (Approaches to Teaching World Literature), New York, Modern Language Association of America, 2014; paperback; pp. xii, 300; R.R.P. US$24.00; ISBN 9781603291378.

This guide to teaching Petrarch's Canzoniere (also known as the Rerum vulgarium fragmenta) is divided into two parts. In the first, the editors, Christopher Kleinhenz and Andrea Dini, provide an overview of essential bibliographical materials for teaching the Canzoniere, which includes editions, translations, selected secondary literature, and electronic/audio-visual resources. Relatively new online resources such as the Oregon Petrarch Open Book (2011) led by Massimo Lollini are also noted. As the editors make clear, their lists of teaching materials derive from a survey of predominantly undergraduate instructors teaching medieval Italian and Petrarchism in North American institutes of higher learning. For reading courses on Petrarch, respondents indicated a strong preference for philological and translation issues, rather than secondary literature. Where secondary literature is consulted in more advanced undergraduate courses, instructors apparently rely mainly on the oft-cited, classic essays by Albert Russell Ascoli, Robert Durling, John Freccero, Giuseppe Mazzotta, and Nancy Vickers. …

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