Old lady Avignon: Petrarch's Rerum vulgarium fragmenta 136 and the topos of vituperium in vetulam

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Abstract

Scholars have traditionally acknowledged Francis Petrarch's indebtedness to the amorous poetic schools; however, they have overlooked the influence of comic-realistic verse on him. Yet sonnet 136 of Rerum vulgarium fragmenta demonstrates its impact. Rvf 136 is the first of three sonnets decrying the corruption of Avignon. In it, Petrarch depicts Avignon as if a disgusting woman, illustrating the impact of vituperium in vetulam, a sub-genre of comic poetry that inveighs against a stereotyped old woman.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-106
Number of pages10
JournalItalian Culture
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012

Keywords

  • Avignon
  • Comic-realist
  • Guinizzelli
  • Invective
  • Petrarch
  • Sonnet
  • Vituperium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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