Saturday, January 20, 2007

The Decameron Web

Speaking of Giovanni Boccaccio, check out the Decameron Web, "a growing hypermedia archive of materials dedicated to Boccaccio's masterpiece," courtesy of the Brown University Department of Italian Studies.
The Decameron has elicited throughout the centuries fundamental discussions on the nature of narrative art, on the tenets of medieval versus modern morality, on the social and educational value of any form of artistic and literary expression. A true encyclopedia of early modern life and a summa of late medieval culture, the Decameron is also a universal repertory of perennially human situations and dilemmas: it is the perfect subject for an experiment in a new form of scholarly and pedagogical communication aimed at renewing a living dialogue between a distant past and our present.

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