Jones, F. N., Boccaccio and his Imitators in German, English, French, Spanish, and Italian Literature (Book Review)

Hamilton, G.L.

When so much has been done in recent years in the collecting, sifting, and categorizing of folk-tales, a tempting task for the student of comparative literature is to devote a book to the Decamerone of Boccaccio, in which each story could be taken as the kernel of an investigation of the particular theme to which it belongs. This would afford an opportunity to show at once Boccaccio's artistic treatment of his material, and the influence of his work as a source of literary inspiration. Such a study would imply a wide first-hand acquaintance with the literature of folk-lore; an equally wide acquaintance with Occidental literature, medieval and modern; and a familiarity with the results of the investigation of a variety of literary problems, to which scholars, in fields as widely removed as Romance, Germanie, Semitic and Sclavic philology have contributed their share.

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French and Romance Philology
Columbia University Press
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July 9, 2015


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