• Exile and Petrarch’s Reinvention of Authorship

    Author(s):
    Laurence Hooper (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Subject(s):
    Early modern studies, Italian literature, Literary theory, Medieval literature, Sociology of literature
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Augustine, Franciscans, law and literature, narrative, poetry
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6V04D
    Abstract:
    This article demonstrates a systematic connection between the novelty of Petrarch’s authorship and his self-definition as an exile. Petrarch employs the unusual term exilium/esilio to substantiate his unprecedented claim that literature is a legally valid officium (civic role). Following Dante, Petrarch grounds his exilic authorship in the Christian discourse of peregrinatio: life as pilgrimage through exile. But Petrarch’s new officium allows him a measure of control over literary creation that no prior Italian writer had enjoyed. This is especially true of the “Canzoniere,” Petrarch’s compilation of his vernacular lyrics, whose singularity functions as a proxy for its author’s selfhood.
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    8 months ago
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    Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives

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