Chaucer and Italian Poetics (NEMLA 2015)

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One of the first English readers of Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio, Chaucer did more than simply translate the poetry of his Italian predecessors. He also interpreted, transformed, and altered what he found in his reading. Chaucer's encounter with Italian literature helped shape his conception of the scope of vernacular authorship and the construction of a literary tradition. This panel seeks papers that focus on the interaction between Chaucer and his Italian sources. We are especially interested in garnering a wide range of critical approaches to the theory and practice of interpreting intertextual relationships.