Skip to content

Where does the Decameron begin? Editorial practice and tables of rubrics

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-78
Number of pages27
JournalModern Language Review
Issue number1
DateAccepted/In press - 26 Jul 2018
DatePublished (current) - 1 Jan 2019


Tables of rubrics, though present in manuscripts and editions of the Decameron, are ignored in the critical literature and treated as instrumental paratext in a recent critical edition. This article argues that tables of rubrics should be viewed as part of the Decameron, proposing a new definition of paratext. Analysis of tables presented in editions of the Decameron up to 1600 contributes new empirical evidence regarding the relationship between editorial fashioning and literary interpretation: the novelle and characters of the brigata are emphasized at the expense of the primary narrator, which continues to have an impact on Boccaccio’s authorial status.

    Research areas

  • rubrics, rubrication, titling, paratext, editors, editing, print culture

    Structured keywords

  • Centre for Material Texts
  • Centre for Medieval Studies



  • Full-text PDF (accepted author manuscript)

    Rights statement: This is the author accepted manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via MHRA at . Please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.

    Accepted author manuscript, 552 KB, PDF document


View research connections

Related faculties, schools or groups