Thursday, December 19, 2013

XIVth Century "Alpha Fux, Beta Bux"

    The Elegia di madonna Fiammetta (Elegy of Lady Fiammetta) tells of a seduction and abandonment, but seen, for the first time since Ovid's Heroides, from the woman's point of view. The plot is mechanical, but Boccaccio's intimate portrayal of a woman torn between a decent but dull husband and an unreliable but attractive lover is a masterpiece of psychopathic tension."
A synopsis of Giovanni Boccaccio's 1344 "first person prose narrative describing a married woman's torment at being jilted by her lover," from Jonathan's introduction to The Decameron. As they say, "Nihil sub sole novum."

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