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Speaker Series: "Forms of Irony in Three Tales by Boccaccio" Tuesday at 7:30 PM

Speaker Series
"Forms of Irony in Three Tales by Boccaccio"

Richard Lansing

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023

7:30pm Zoom Talk

The talk will focus on three tales taken from Boccaccio’s Decameron, which will serve as a means of generating a lively discussion on narrative themes and on the author’s purpose in sharing the tales. Participants are asked to read each tale before joining the conversation. The text of each will be made available prior to the talk. The goal is to emulate the fictive group of tale-tellers portrayed in the Decameron’s Introduction. They gather round to listen to tales told and afterwards discuss their meaning, as a way of passing the time while the black plague rages through Florence taking lives and destroying the foundations of society.
Richard Lansing is Professor Emeritus, Brandeis University. For over 40 years he taught Italian, Comparative Literature, focusing principally on the works of Dante Alighieri. His resume lists many publications, grants and honors. The Dante Encyclopedia, which he edited, was recognized as a Choice Outstanding Book of 2000. It became a best-seller and a standard reference work in the field. Since retirement, he has continued publishing literary criticism and translations of works by Dante and other Italian writers, including Boccaccio. His most recent book, Giacomo da Lentini: The Complete Poetry, is the first translation of the poet’s lyrics. Giacomo, the first Italian poet to write in the vernacular, is credited with having invented the sonnet, a poetic form universally embraced throughout Europe from 1250-1600 and beyond.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023, 7:30 PM
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