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Petrarch's vindication of poetic imagination
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4329-4534
2016 (English)In: Fiction and Figuration in High and Late Medieval Literature / [ed] Marianne Pade, Anders Cullhed, Anders Hallengren & Brian Møller Jensen, Rome: Edizioni Quasar , 2016, 1, 107-115 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Petrarch’s notion of truthfulness and veracity of writing is not “realism” in an aesthetic sense, but in a scholastic ontological sense: a belief in higher values approachable by inspired poets. In the interplay and oscillation between fact and fiction, history and fable in his multifaceted works, the idea of representation is lifelikeness, verisimilitude, answering to the field of argumentum in High Medieval rhetoric and poetics of fiction. This applies to his epic poetry and even more so to his lyric poetry in conjunction with the love story of his life, where reality is disguised by figments of poetic imagination, yet bearing an impress of truth.

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Rome: Edizioni Quasar , 2016, 1. 107-115 p.
, Analecta Romana Instituti Danici. Supplementum, ISSN 0066-1406 ; 47
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Francesco Petrarca, Petrarch, fiction, poetry, imagination, justification, representation, Boccaccio, history, the Middle Ages
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-137095ISBN:  978-88-7140-744-9OAI: diva2:1059717
Fiction and Figuration: Studies in high and late medieval literature
Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation

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