by Jane Chance
“An extraordinary achievement and a fitting final volume in the Medieval Mythography series.”—J. Steven Russell, author of Chaucer and the Trivium
“There is nothing comparable available in any language.”—Jon Solomon, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
With this volume, Jane Chance concludes her monumental study of the history of mythography in medieval literature. Chance shows how writers of the later Middle Ages—including Dante, Boccaccio, and Christine de Pizan—transformed mythological commentary by blending the scholarly with the courtly and the personal. For example, they mixed commentary with poetry and reinterpreted classical gods and heroes to suit personal agendas. Exploring a subjective world, these poets display an emerging humanism that would eventually come to full fruition in the Renaissance.
Jane Chance, Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor Emerita of English at Rice University, is a recent recipient of an honorary doctorate of letters from Purdue University. She has published twenty-two books.