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Author D'Eugenio, Daniela, author.

Title Paroimia: Brusantino, Florio, Sarnelli, and Italian Proverbs From the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries / Daniela D'Eugenio.

Publication Info. West Lafayette, IN : Purdue University Press, 2021.
Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 0000.

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Description 1 online resource (pages cm).
text file
Series Purdue studies in Romance literatures ; volume 83
Book collections on Project MUSE.
Contents Introduction : Literary history and theroies of paremias -- Vincenzo Brusantino's Le cento novelle : paremias and Tridentine ethics in reinterpreting the Decameron -- John Florio's Firste Fruites and Second Frutes : paremias and Elizabethan teaching of the Italian language -- Pompeo Sarnelli's Posilecheata : paremias and the multi-faceted Neapolitan Baroque -- Conclusion -- Index of paremias in Le cento novelle, Firste fruites, seond frutes, and Posilecheata.
Summary "Proverbs constitute a rich archive of historical, cultural, and linguistic significance that affect genres and linguistics codes. They circulate through writers, texts, and communities in a process that ultimately results in modifications in their structure and meanings. Hence, context plays a crucial role in defining proverbs as well as in determining their interpretation. Vincenzo Brusantino's Le cento novelle (1554), John Florio's Firste Fruites (1578) and Second Frutes (1591), and Pompeo Sarnelli's Posilecheata (1684) offer clear representations of how traditional wisdom and communal knowledge reflect the authors' personal perspectives on society, culture, and literature. The analysis of the three authors' proverbs through comparisons with classical, medieval, and early modern collections of maxims and sententiae provides insights on the fluidity of such expressions, and illustrates the tight relationship between proverbs and sociocultural factors. Brusantino's proverbs introduce ethical interpretations to the one hundred novellas of Boccaccio's The Decameron, which he rewrites in octaves of hendecasyllables. His text appeals to Counter-Reformation society and its demand for a comprehensible and immediately applicable morality. In Florio's two bilingual manuals, proverbs fulfill a need for language education in Elizabethan England through authentic and communicative instruction. Florio manipulates the proverbs' vocabulary and syntax to fit the context of his dialogues, best demonstrating the value of learning Italian in a foreign country. Sarnelli's proverbs exemplify the inherent creative and expressive potentialities of the Neapolitan dialect vis-à-vis languages with a more robust literary tradition. As moral maxims, ironic assessments, or witty insertions, these proverbs characterize the Neapolitan community in which the fables take place"-- Provided by publisher.
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Subject Florio, John, 1553?-1625. Firste fruites.
Florio, John, 1553?-1625. Second frutes.
Sarnelli, Pompeo, 1649-1724. Posilecheata.
Sarnelli, Pompeo, 1649-1724. Posilecheata.
Florio, John, 1553?-1625. Second frutes.
Florio, John, 1553?-1625. Firste fruites.
Proverbs, Italian -- History and criticism.
Proverbs, Italian.
Italian literature -- 17th century -- History and criticism.
Italian literature.
Chronological Term 17th century
Subject Italian literature -- 16th century -- History and criticism.
Chronological Term 16th century
Subject LITERARY CRITICISM / European / Italian.
Chronological Term 1500-1699
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Added Author Brusantino, Vicenzo, active 16th century. Cento novelle.
Project Muse, distributor.
Other Form: 1-61249-674-1
ISBN 1612496741
9781612496740 (electronic book)