From Dante’s purgatorial dreams to Petrarch’s sonnets, the language of dreams and visions permeates the writings of the Tre Corone, where it amounts to the vocabulary of the liminal. In Petrarch’s ‘Dream of Scipio the Elder’, Petrarch experiences visions that identify him as a successor of Homer and Ennius, and in Boccaccio’s De casibus VIII.1, Petrarch appears to Boccaccio in a dream, reviving his desire for immortal fame. As Boccaccio appropriates and re-interprets Dante’s dream vocabulary in the Trattatello in laude di Dante, he is inscribing himself in a genealogy of inspired dreamers, divided from Dante by space and time, but partaking in interconnected (literary) dreams.
This session will analyse how the Tre Corone engage with the vocabulary of dreams and visions, and how early Italian literary dreams meditate upon the perpetuation of literary memory and the formation of the Italian literary canon.
Potential paper topics include but are not limited to:
Papers that explore the interconnections between the depiction of dreams and visions in two or more members of the Tre Corone are particularly welcome.
Closing Date for Receiving Proposals for this Session: March 1, 2021
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