1) What did I read watch, discuss etc. (content)
I had a look at the Decameron Web (Michael Papio and Massimo Riva eds.; Christiana Fordyce director). It has information about Boccaccio, the Decameron and its contents, context, and relationship with the visual arts and music. There is also a useful bibliography and resources for teachers and students.
2) What are the main lines of argument?
There is no argument; it is an online resource.
3) What do I take from this?
- It would be an interesting resource to explore when I am not doing H817.
- There are a lot of other resources about Italian literature and culture that it would also be interesting to explore. See here.
4) How might I use it?
There are links to be made to the kind of stories told by the troubadours, which I have studied before and hyperlinks to the stories might help make the connections clearer.
More to the point for H817, I found that the 'Decameron Web' cited in quite a number of places as an example of the use of technology in the arts. It is listed by Tanya Clemens and Gretchen Gueguen (2013) Annotated Overview of Selected Electronic Resources. They don't say much about it except that it 'explores the life of Boccacio and the historical and cultural
context in which he created The Decameron' in which a 'text search of the XML version provides access to the primary text, and an advanced site search provides access to the secondary contextual materials' (2013, p. 580). It is also referred to by Lina Karlsson and Linda Malm (2013) 'Revolution or Remediation? A Study of Electronic Scholarly Editions on the Web' and Massimo Lollini's (2013) 'Contemporary to the Future: the Classics and Digital Humanism' in Humanist Studies and the Digital Age.
For those who are interested in literature, it seems to be accounted a respectable sources since it is cited in numerous articles on literature. One that interested me was in the Cahiers de Recherches Medievales et Humanistes about Christine de Pisan, entitled Au-dela des miroirs: la litterature politique dans la France de Charles VI et Charles VII, where it was used as the source for the quotations from the Decameron.