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A Local Habitation and a NameImagining Histories in the Italian Renaissance$
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Albert Russell Ascoli

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823234288

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823234288.001.0001

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Petrarch's Middle Age: Memory, Imagination, History, and the “Ascent of Mount Ventoux”

Petrarch's Middle Age: Memory, Imagination, History, and the “Ascent of Mount Ventoux”

(p.21) Chapter 1 Petrarch's Middle Age: Memory, Imagination, History, and the “Ascent of Mount Ventoux”
A Local Habitation and a Name

Albert Russell Ascoli

Fordham University Press

This chapter explores the way in which Petrarch understands and stages the relationship between the medieval faculties of memory and imagination in the “Letter from Mt. Ventoux” (Familiar Letters IV.1), in the context of a literal alpine ascent which may or may not figure an allegorical and inward spiritual journey, and in allusive relation to key precursors such as St. Augustine and Dante. It argues that the Petrarch's treatment of these categories significantly complicates any attempt to use either this author or this text (as they so frequently have been) as a synecdoche of the supposed shift from “medieval” to “Renaissance” culture and consciousness. More particularly it suggests that Petrarch's self-representation as trapped in a “middle age” between sin and conversion can be said to figure the macro-problem of inserting a historiographical break between one era and another.

Keywords:   Francis Petrarch, Rerum Familiarum Libri IV.1, Mount Ventoux, memory and imagination, Petrarch and St. Augustine, crisis of allegory, narrative and trope, middle ages, Renaissance, literary historiography, epistolary writing

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