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Date(s) - 30 Oct 2013
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò

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WORKING WITH STYLE: On Translating Boccaccio’s “Decameron”

NYU Casa Italiana, 24 West 12th Street
Wednesday October 30, 6pm.

A lecture by:
Wayne A. Rebhorn, Professor of English, Unversity of Texas-Austin

The title involves (of course) a pun. Boccaccio was a great stylist, a figure usually thought of as the “father” of Italian prose. But his style also makes the reader work, both to get at the meanings of specific words and phrases and to make sense of the complex, latinate structure of his prose. Boccaccio’s readers become partners in creating the meaning of his stories–from the first tale about the ambiguous wickedness of Ciappelletto, to the last tale about the equally ambiguous saintliness of patient Griselda. A talk for Italianists, comparatists, and all who are interested in the journeys a translator makes going from one language and one period to another.