By G. Boccaccio

Escrita entre 1349 y 1351, es una colección de cien cuentos de variada procedencia donde el autor muestra su inigualable destreza de narrador, perspicacia psicológica, certera pincelada satírica y magnífica descripción de las costumbres de aquel tiempo. Los cuentos son relatados por un grupo de diez jóvenes que se retiran a las afueras de Florencia para protegerse del contagio de los angeles peste que asolaba l. a. ciudad; allí, durante diez días, cada uno de ellos tiene que gestionar una jornada y todas sus actividades; entre éstas destacas especialmente las reuniones donde, para pasar el tiempo, los presentes tienen que contar un cuento. Los temas son muy variados, abundan los licenciosos, pero también se narran historias sentimentales, trágicas y moralizantes. En esta edición Anna Girardi, especialista en los angeles obra de Boccaccio, propone una selección de los mejores relatos de Decamerón según los angeles espléndida traducción de Pilar Gómez Bedate.

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Its introduction and ten chapters treat the same topics addressed in prophetic almanacs: the predominant sicknesses of the coming year, the most fruitful crops, the fate of various countries, and the coming meteorological conditions. The first chapter succinctly sums up Rabelais’s objections to claims of the prognosticators: “Whatever you may be told by those crazy astrologers . . don’t believe that this year there will be any governor of the universe other than God the Creator, Who by His divine Word rules and moderates all .

Knowing this theory as he did, our Renaissance doctor could in good conscience promote the cycle of thirst, drink, and satiation—all in good moderation—as natural, normal, and necessary to the maintenance of human health. Reading: J. T. Vallance, The Lost Theory of Asclepiades of Bithnya (New York: Oxford University Press, 1990). ” Natural astrology dealt with the weather and medicine. It was the most successful means of predicting the weather in the sixteenth century. Rabelais was trained as a physician and would have studied astrology as part of his medical training because most physicians believed that the heavenly bodies influenced both individual and public health.

Recent criticism has enabled Rabelais to be reevaluated in the light of theories such as alterity, signaling a shift in critical interest away from debates that privileged the importance of the rise of Protestantism. In Rabelais, the encounter with the “Other” has three primary manifestations: the Turk (Pantagruel), the discovery of the New World (Fourth Book), and the representation of women throughout the work. Feminist critics have used the concept of “otherness” extensively to describe the position of the female reader.

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