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Revising Manners: Giovanni Della Casa’s 'Galateo' and Antoine de Courtin’s 'Nouveau traité de la civilité'

Tebben, Maryann 2013. Revising Manners: Giovanni Della Casa’s 'Galateo' and Antoine de Courtin’s 'Nouveau traité de la civilité'. New Readings 13 , pp. 21-41. 10.18573/newreadings.90

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This article undertakes a cross-cultural comparison of Giovanni Della Casa's Galateo Ovvero Trattato de’ Costumi e Modi che si debbono tenere o schifare nella comune conversatione (1558) and its seventeenth-century French heir, Antoine de Courtin’s Nouveau traité de la civilité qui se pratiquent en France parmi les honnêtes gens (1671) in light of the Renaissance concept of imitation. Courtin’s text functions in some ways as a “translation” of Della Casa’s Galateo but it is less a faithful reproduction than an adaptation with distinct differences in approach and authorial perspective. A close reading of each text reveals how Galateo both invites and resists imitation by Courtin and how the courtesy book form shapes this imitation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures
Publisher: Cardiff University Press
ISSN: 1359-7485
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 January 2020
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2020 13:32

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