Approaches to Teaching Boccaccio’s Decameron
- Editor: James H. McGregor
- Pages: ix & 207 pp.
- Published: 2000
- ISBN: 9780873527613 (Cloth)
- ISBN: 9780873527620 (Paperback)
“The need for this volume is obvious. The Decameron has arrived. It is now widely read and studied in all kinds of undergraduate courses, and it is an ideal text to study the techniques of fiction, the ways in which texts influence or echo other texts (as well as interact with other artistic media), and the vexing questions of gender.”
“What separates the Decameron from most of the canon is that it is fun to read,” says the editor in his preface to this volume. “Though its narrators sometimes weep, they laugh much more often.” Boccaccio’s highly teachable work is easily excerpted, and the essays in this collection describe stimulating ways to introduce these tales to undergraduates.