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PETRARCH’S FRENCH FORTUNES: negotiating the relationship between poet, place, and identity in the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries

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Jennifer Rushworth

About Jennifer

Jennifer Rushworth is Lecturer in French and Comparative Literature at University College London. She is the author of two books, Discourses of Mourning in Dante, Petrarch, and Proust (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016) and Petrarch and the Literary Culture of Nineteenth-Century France (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2017).

 

Jennifer Rushworth enseigne la littérature française et la littérature comparée à University College London. Elle est l'auteur de deux livres, Discourses of Mourning in Dante, Petrarch, and Proust (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016) et Petrarch and the Literary Culture of Nineteenth-Century France (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2017). 

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This article reconsiders Petrarch’s French afterlife by juxtaposing a time of long-recognised Petrarchism — the sixteenth century — with a less familiar and more modern Petrarchist age, the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Of particular interest is how French writers from both periods understand and represent Petrarch’s associations with place. This variously proposed, geographically defined identity is in turn regional (Tuscan/Provençal) and national (Italian/French), located by river (Arno/Sorgue) and city (Florence/Avignon). I argue that sixteenth-century poets stress Petrarch’s foreignness, thereby keeping him at a safe distance, whereas later writers embrace Petrarch as French, drawing the poet closer to (their) home.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.18352/relief.1006
How to Cite: Rushworth, J., 2018. PETRARCH’S FRENCH FORTUNES: negotiating the relationship between poet, place, and identity in the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. RELIEF - Revue Électronique de Littérature Française, 12(2), pp.23–37. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/relief.1006
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