Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Approaches to Teaching Petrarch's 'Canzoniere' and the Petrarchan Tradition

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Approaches to Teaching Petrarch's 'Canzoniere' and the Petrarchan Tradition

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Approaches to Teaching Petrarch's Canzoniere and the Petrarchan Tradition, ed. Christopher Kleinhenz and Andrea Dini, Approaches to Teaching World Literature (New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2014). xii + 300 pp. ISBN 978-1-60329136-1; $40.00 (hard covers). ISBN 978-1-60329-137-8; $24.00(p/b). This volume brings together twenty-six essays by as many scholars, all of which respond to the question of how best to introduce undergraduate students to Petrarch. The emphasis is on making Petrarch accessible and exciting, with examples drawn from diverse teaching practices and extensive experience. The collection is prefaced by a bibliographical survey of important editions and translations of Petrarch's Canzoniere, alongside recommended secondary reading and other resources. The editors' introduction provides an overview of the courses and contexts in which Petrarch is typically taught, and includes a list of typically favourite poems from the Canzoniere.

The first three essays (by Germaine Warkentin, Aldo S. Bernardo, and Christopher Kleinhenz) are concerned with introducing the Canzoniere's structure, forms, and language, while the fourth, by Madison U. Sowell, sets out to demonstrate the utility of a concordance in teaching Petrarch. Christopher Martin's contribution offers a useful guided reading of RVF 126. Further essays provide greater context, discussing Petrarch's life (Theodore J. …

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