Boccaccio & Company: an introduction to the Decameron
When: Mon 30 Sep 2013, 10.00-16.00
Where: Foyle Suite, Centre for Conservation
Price: £25 / £20 concessions
Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron, one of the most famous works of European literature, is a collection of 100 tales told over 10 days by a group of 10 friends who have fled to the countryside to escape the ravages of the Black Death in Florence in 1348. To mark the 700th anniversary of Boccaccio’s birth, specialists will talk on various aspects of this multifaceted and highly entertaining book: its historical and cultural background, the stories it includes and their narrative framework, its reputation for licentiousness - as well as the influence it has had on other literatures and the arts in general since it first appeared.
During the day it will also be possible to visit a display in the John Ritblat Gallery of books and manuscripts relating to Boccaccio.
The day will end with a John Coffin Trust Lecture and Reading, free and open to all, given by Marina Warner on 'Voices Without Borders: Travelling Tales & Literary Heritage' at Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, from 17.00 to 19.00.