La novella di Andreuccio da Perugia

Un documento di storia urbana e sociale, una parabola

  • Silvio Melani Università di Udine


The paper is divided into two parts. The first presents a short historical examination of the hygienic conditions of urban spaces in the Middle Ages of the West, especially in the 13th and 14th centuries. This provides a helpful introduction to the second section of the paper which is dedicated to the analysis and exegesis of the short story of Andreuccio from Perugia in Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron (Second Day, Novel V); an exegesis that sees the story (only on the surface a conte à rire) as a kind of parable of rebirth that can be defined as “spiritual”, albeit presented in a comic manner.

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