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Boitani, Piero

Works: 169 works in 848 publications in 4 languages and 16,742 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Handbooks and manuals  History  Sources  Poetry  Literature  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Director, Other, Publishing director, Honoree
Classifications: PR1924, 821.1
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Most widely held works by Piero Boitani
The Bible and its rewritings by Piero Boitani( )

20 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in English and Italian and held by 1,942 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Bible and its Rewritings Piero Boitani discusses how some of the most fascinating scenes of Old and New Testament - Genesis, Exodus, Job, the Susanna story, the Gospel of John - are directly or indirectly rewritten in works ranging from the medieval period to the late twentieth-century: by Milton and Mann; by Chaucer, Dryden, La Fontaine, Orwell, and Kafka; by Faulkner and Tournier; by Shakespeare, T.S. Eliot, and Joseph Roth."--Jacket
The Cambridge Chaucer companion by Geoffrey Chaucer( Book )

48 editions published between 1984 and 2003 in English and Chinese and held by 1,495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Contains a series of essays by internationally known Chaucer experts, designed to provide a challenging introduction to the poet. The collection is divided between pieces which concentrate squarely on one or more of Chaucer's major poems, identifying themes, styles, moods and tones, and pieces of wider scope which give more general information about Chaucer's literary sources and historical background, or study his experiments with style and structure over a range of poems, or set his works in the context of medieval genres and literary traditions."--Amazon description
The Cambridge Companion to Chaucer by Piero Boitani( Book )

37 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 1,308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This revised edition is based on the first edition which has become a classic in Chaucer studies. Important material has been updated in the text, and its contributions cover recent trends in literary theory as well as in studies of Chaucer's works. The bibliography has been completely revised to provide an indispensable guide for today's student of Chaucer
English studies in transition : papers from the ESSE Inaugural Conference by Piero Boitani( )

19 editions published between 1993 and 2002 in English and held by 1,206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bringing together twenty-five contributors from all over Europe, this volume represents the vitality and diversity of the current transcultural European dialogue on English studies. Topics addressed include: * the nature of the canon * the poetics of language * the representation of women and the notion of nationalism in post-colonial literature. The significance of this volume lies not only in the quality of the individual contributions but also in the fact that it marks an important turning point in the history of English studies in Europe
The gospel according to Shakespeare by Piero Boitani( Book )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 900 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this slim, poetically powerful volume, Piero Boitani develops his earlier work in The Bible and Its Rewritings, focusing on Shakespeare's "rescripturing" of the Gospels. Boitani persuasively urges that Shakespeare read the New Testament with great care and an overall sense of affirmation and participation, and that many of his plays constitute their own original testament, insofar as they translate the good news into human terms. In Hamlet and King Lear, he suggests, Shakespeare's "New Testament" is merely hinted at, and faith, salvation, and peace are only glimpsed from far away. But in Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale, and The Tempest, the themes of compassion and forgiveness, transcendence, immanence, the role of the deity, resurrection, and epiphany are openly, if often obliquely, staged. The Christian Gospels and the Christian Bible are the signposts of this itinerary. Originally published in 2009, Boitani's Il Vangelo Secondo Shakespeare was awarded the 2010 De Sanctis Prize, a prestigious Italian literary award. Now available for the first time in an English translation, The Gospel according to Shakespeare brings to a broad scholarly and nonscholarly audience Boitani's insights into the current themes dominating the study of Shakespeare's literary theology. It will be of special interest to general readers interested in Shakespeare's originality and religious perspective."--Publisher's description
Chaucer and the Italian trecento( Book )

19 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and held by 776 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

English medieval narrative in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries by Piero Boitani( Book )

36 editions published between 1980 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 759 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a wide-ranging and detailed study of English narrative verse in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Piero Boitani describes and analyses the undisputed masterpieces of narrative (such as the works of the Gawain poet, Langland, Gower and Chaucer), as well as the anonymous romances and specimens of religious and comic narrative which form the background to the better-known poems. The book is divided by literary genres or structural systems: chapters on the religious, comic and romance traditions are followed by a discussion of dream and visionary narratives and a chapter on story collections including those of Gower. The rest of the book is devoted to Chaucer, who mastered all these types
The tragic and the sublime in medieval literature by Piero Boitani( Book )

22 editions published between 1989 and 2010 in English and Italian and held by 707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chaucer and the imaginary world of fame by Piero Boitani( Book )

10 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looking upwards : stars in ancient and medieval cultures by Piero Boitani( )

6 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Preface -- Note on texts, translations, and editions -- Introduction -- At the beginning -- The morning stars -- Stars of the empire -- The ways of the dark night -- From dream to apocalypse -- Divinity, life, perfume: the music and dance of the spheres -- The music of the spheres -- The vaults of heaven -- Caelatum: creation and chiseling -- Flaming cusps -- Black brocade -- The beauty of lakes -- Snow white -- We are the stars who sing -- Sparks and embers -- From eternal nymphs to beautiful stars -- Blissful light, clear beams
The European tragedy of Troilus by Piero Boitani( Book )

13 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first study devoted to the story of Troilus and Cressida as it has developed through the ages and in various literatures. An international team of scholars examine the way in which the problems of love and death are faced in narrative, poetry, drama, and opera. They trace thestory in its mythical form as it passed from the Greeks, Etruscans, and Romans into the hands of artists such as Benoit de Sainte Maure, Boccaccio, Chaucer, Henryson, Shakespeare, and Dryden, and as it was finally resurrected in the 20th century in America, England, and Germany. Analyzing thechanges, both li
The shadow of Ulysses : figures of a myth by Piero Boitani( Book )

12 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simultaneously ancient and modern, the figure of Ulysses is an ideal observation-point from which to measure the similarities and differences between the otherness ('alterity') of the past and the 'modernity' of the present. Boitani sees Ulysses as a figure which every culture is free to interpret, according him values rooted on the one hand in the mythical qualities of Odysseus as a character, and on the other in the ideals, problems, and philosophical, ethical, and political horizons of the individual civilization. The Shadow of Ulysses follows the evolution of the sign through the ages, returning continuously as it does so to problems of intertextuality, interpretation, and reading. The sign appears as a 'shadow' both because by means of it, poetry describes humanity's journey to the other world of death, and because, in a figural connotation, Ulysses 'foreshadows' Columbus's and Vespucci's historical voyages to the New World
The genius to improve an invention : literary transitions by Piero Boitani( Book )

15 editions published between 1985 and 2002 in English and Italian and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'The genius to improve an invention' is supported with a thorough theoretical awareness and a flexible intelligence enabling Boitani to move comfortably within a vast array of texts and thus take the reader on a fascinating literary journey. Through his pressing and detailed arguments, th author suggests original approaches to some of the great works of European literature -- each of them is considered as a solution to a specific problem and, at the same time, as a probative argument in favor of applied rationality." -- from Mario Lavagetto's rear-cover blurb
Religion in the poetry and drama of the late Middle Ages in England : the J.A.W. Bennett memorial lectures, Perugia, 1988( Book )

15 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Medieval and pseudo-medieval literature : the J.A.W. Bennett memorial lectures, Perugia, 1982-1983( Book )

16 editions published in 1984 in English and German and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Intellectuals and writers in fourteenth-century Europe : the J.A.W. Bennett memorial lectures, Perugia, 1984( Book )

15 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Winged words : flight in poetry and history by Piero Boitani( Book )

10 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Winged Words is Piero Boitani's aerial survey of humanity's fascination with flight as revealed in literature and history. By showing how writers and fliers have looked to the ancients for inspiration, Boitani testifies to the modern relevance of poetry and the classics."--Jacket
Chaucer and Boccaccio by Piero Boitani( Book )

10 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Literature in fourteenth-century England : the J.A.W. Bennett memorial lectures, Perugia, 1981-1982( Book )

13 editions published between 1963 and 1983 in English and German and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The body and the soul in medieval literature : the J.A.W. Bennett memorial lectures, tenth series, Perugia, 1998( Book )

15 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The essays collected in this volume, from the tenth J.A.W. Bennett Symposium, which was held in Perugia, 20-22 April 1998, try to explore new ways of reading and understanding the much debated theme of the body-and-soul relationship in medieval texts and in modern reworkings of medieval matter."--Jacket
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The Bible and its rewritings
The Cambridge Chaucer companionThe Cambridge Companion to ChaucerEnglish studies in transition : papers from the ESSE Inaugural ConferenceChaucer and the Italian trecentoEnglish medieval narrative in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuriesThe tragic and the sublime in medieval literatureChaucer and the imaginary world of fameThe European tragedy of Troilus
Alternative Names
Boitani, P. (Piero)

Boitani , Pietro

Boitani, Pietro 1947-

Boitano, Piero

Boitano, Piero 1947-

Piero Boitani filologo e critico letterario italiano

Piero Boitani Italiaans filoloog

Piero Boitani Italian literary critic

English (333)

Italian (28)

German (2)

Chinese (1)