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Title: "Raccontando l'ore e i giorni" : Bandello narratore tra Rime e Novelle
Author: Fusilli, Michele
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2013
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The aim of this research is to propose a new, culturally contextualized image of Matteo Bandello through the concurrent analysis of his main two works, Le quattro parti de le novelle and Alcuni fragmenti de le rime, and with close reference to his less well known productions both in Italian and in Latin so as to stress their connections in the light of Bandello's narrative development. A correct reading of the narrative elements in the Rime helps us to rethink the general view of this canzoniere, which has often been marginalized by critics, and to show the links with the Novelle, which are analysed both on a structural level - the epistles - and on a narrative level - the tales. In these two works Bandello entwined the fictional plot and the historical events of that period in order to communicate to the readers his experience as both courtier and author. At the heart of his works there is the Renaissance conception of varietas, which is interpreted in an original way thanks to a new idea of plurality and fragmentation. Matteo Bandello was able to unify truth and variety, thematic verisimilitude and structural verisimilitude. Rime and Novelle, by virtue of an alternation of history and autobiography, are in fact both characterized by a rediscovery of ancient values and by an autonomous creation of a new identity. The links of these works of Bandello with the past are here connected with a detailed comparison with the features of Bandello's contemporary narrative prose. The thesis thus proposes to see Matteo Bandello as a European intellectual in terms of his impact, biography and success. Bandello's cultural legacy allows the modern reader to rediscover the origins and the roots of a shared idea about story- telling.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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