This article reevaluates the significance of a portion of a letter written by Boccaccio to Mainardo Cavalcanti which has traditionally been read as a comment on the Decameron and evidence for the existence of a female reading public. It argues that there is no evidence to link the comments in the letter specifically to the Decameron; rather it refers to the whole of Boccaccio's vernacular output and should be read as a rhetorical pronouncement on the abilities of different kinds of readers, rather than as an address to historical women.
|Number of pages||25|
|Journal||Modern Language Review|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2011|
- Centre for Material Texts
- Centre for Medieval Studies
- Mainardo Cavalcanti
- female readers